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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.


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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 innovative...

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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...

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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...

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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 for the rising costs of college are not immediately clear to students and families, since institutions can...

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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, 5/12/2016] accurately identified the profound threat to education and to our free society that the campus...

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Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees acted judiciously in determining that erasing the name of former Princeton president and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson would not serve to “achieve meaningful...

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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...

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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” of tuition...

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Trustees, not the NCAA, must ensure academic integrity in college athletics

August 10, 2015 by Armand B. Alacbay |

A 2015 poll by Monmouth University found that barely a quarter of Americans feel that “colleges with big-time sports programs maintain the right balance between academics and athletics.” Recent stories...

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Disciplines, Not Goals

July 6, 2015 by Kirkwood Palmer |

Francesca Aran Murphy, in First Things, challenges the University of Notre Dame to rethink the grave misstep it will take if it drops its two-course requirement in both philosophy and theology. This...

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ACTA Named a Sunmark Foundation “Preferred Partner”!

June 29, 2015 by ACTA |

Once again, ACTA has been named a Sunmark Foundation "Preferred Partner"! This is the second consecutive year that the St. Louis-based Sunmark Foundation has partnered with ACTA. 

In recognizing ACTA,...

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Governance for a New Era Prompts Action in Nevada

March 18, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

The regents of the University of Nevada system are taking a stand for accountability, with the help of ACTA’s Getting the Data: 10 Questions Trustees Should Ask!

Earlier this month, University of...

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Honoring an Effective Trustee: Tom McMillen Wins Outstanding Director Award

February 11, 2015 by ACTA |

The Washington Business Journal and the National Association of Corporate Directors have just announced the honorees for their 4th Annual Outstanding Directors Awards. Among them is The Honorable Tom...

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AAU President: Trustees Discharging Duties Are “Major Threat”

December 8, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

In a recent video interview, AAU President Hunter Rawlings III told the Chronicle of Higher Education that trustees pose a “major threat” to public universities. He paints trustees as...

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Moving Forward on University Governance

November 5, 2014 by ACTA |

At the end of the summer, ACTA marked with great excitement the publication of Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees. A report signed by 22 of the most distinguished...

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