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A Lesson in the Need for Transparency, Accountability, and Solidarity

November 28, 2018 by Erik Gross |

A faculty vote of no confidence against a college president is a common enough event; sometimes there is more pique than substance. But there are some significant issues at the University of the Pacific.… Continue Reading >>

University of Minnesota Presidential Search Lacks Transparency, Creativity

November 16, 2018 by Erik Gross |

The University of Minnesota’s ongoing search for a new president has been the subject of media scrutiny ranging from concerns about transparency, its reliance on a search firm and a search committee… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Protecting Freedom and Safeguarding Value in Higher Education

October 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole and Nathaniel Urban |

Over the last year, higher education has continued to garner national attention. Controversial speakers, college closures, exorbitant tuition costs, athletics scandals, and lack of career preparation have… Continue Reading >>

What University Trustees Should Learn from Michigan State

February 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|

Emotionally charged testimonies from over 150 women captured national attention this month as disgraced doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for criminal sexual assault. But as… Continue Reading >>

Land of Opportunity

September 19, 2017 by Brianna Suggs |

From 1947–1995, “Land of Opportunity” was the official motto of the great State of Arkansas, before it was changed to “The Natural State.” Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart… Continue Reading >>

Calculating and Cutting Costs: A Q&A on ACTA’s Project on Administrative Costs

July 26, 2017 by ACTA|

Since “The Great Recession,” both public and private colleges have been feeling a financial squeeze. Consequently, reformers are asking important questions about improving efficiency and fiscal… Continue Reading >>

Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger |

Increasingly over the last few years, universities have seen a rapid change in how students regard free speech and inquiry. Growing political polarization throughout the country has minimized opportunities… Continue Reading >>

Blueprints for Reform: A Q&A on ACTA’s New Guide on Cost, Efficiency and Innovation

May 5, 2017 by Kara Brounstein |

How can colleges do more with less? Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding College Opportunity, is ACTA’s newest guide for trustees, describing… Continue Reading >>

Disrupting the Boardroom? A Plea for Engaged Trusteeship in Turbulent Times

March 17, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Should college trustees be more than just wealthy donors? According to two experts, the answer is a no-brainer. University Ventures Co-Founder and Managing Director Ryan Craig and Willamette University College… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Michael Novak, 1933–2017

February 17, 2017 by Ken Kolson |

ACTA mourns the loss of Michael Novak, a renowned Catholic philosopher and diplomat, as well as a beloved teacher and family man. A graduate of Stonehill College, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome,… Continue Reading >>

Quick Take: Hidden College Fees, Hidden College Bloat

December 1, 2016 by Armand Alacbay & Dani Jack |

In “Those Hidden College Fees,” Rochelle Sharpe correctly observes that the underlying reasons… Continue Reading >>

Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 6, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary,… Continue Reading >>

Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting… Continue Reading >>

Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold|

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price”… Continue Reading >>

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