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Lukewarm on Diversity of Opinion

July 8, 2014 by Alex McHugh|

In April, ACTA praised the University of Colorado’s decision to finally… Continue Reading >>

Purdue University Bucks Trend, Freezes Tuition for Third Year in a Row

May 16, 2014 by Avi Snyder|

Since he took the helm of Purdue University a little over a year ago, Mitch Daniels has made it a priority to control costs, reign in administrative excess, and protect the interests of students. His leadership… Continue Reading >>

A Trustee for Academic Freedom

April 4, 2014 by William Gonch|

Kudos to University of Minnesota regent Laura Brod, who stood up for free speech on campus.

At issue was former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who was invited to speak at the university’s… Continue Reading >>

Progress in Pennsylvania

March 13, 2014 by ACTA|

This past November, Pennsylvania state senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) cited… Continue Reading >>

Encouraging Signs at Penn State

February 28, 2014 by Armand B. Alacbay|

Elections for Penn State’s Board of Trustees are underway, bringing again to the forefront the question of what qualities make for an effective trustee.  As ACTA vice president of policy Michael… Continue Reading >>

North Carolina Board Holds Down Costs

February 28, 2014 by William Gonch|

The News & Record has a good overview of cost control at North Carolina’s public colleges… Continue Reading >>

Accreditors Relegate Trustees to “Basic” Role

January 28, 2014 by Armand B. Alacbay|

Proponents of the higher education accreditation system as it exists today argue that despite a nationwide 4-year graduation rate of Continue Reading >>

Brandeis Trustees Pledge More Transparency about Presidential Pay

January 15, 2014 by ACTA|

Back in November, the Boston Globe Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed News Roundup: Regents and Student Loans

November 7, 2013 by ACTA|

Here’s what’s new in higher ed:

UT Regent Wallace Hall has been doing his job, insisting on accountability and results. In response, Texas legislators are trying to impeach him. ACTA… Continue Reading >>

Anne Neal Encourages Trustees to Shape Campus Culture

October 8, 2013 by ACTA|

The federal government may be shut down, but ACTA remains as active as ever. The New York Times has just published ACTA president Anne Neal's letter to the editor encouraging trustees to take… Continue Reading >>

Shared Governance or Paralysis?

October 4, 2013 by William Gonch|

What exactly is shared governance? That's a question being asked and—we can only hope—soon answered in the matter of California’s 112 community colleges. A group called California… Continue Reading >>

Board Staff and Trustees’ Autonomy

August 15, 2013 by Armand B. Alacbay|

An recent op-ed in the Raleigh News & Observer reflects on a series of issues in the University of North Carolina system,… Continue Reading >>

Daniels and Schmidt Remind Us Academic Freedom Is a Two-Way Street

August 2, 2013 by ACTA|

The background story is, by now, well-know. As governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels was highly critical of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in a series of emails,… Continue Reading >>

CU Regents Doing Right

August 1, 2013 by ACTA|

Bruce Benson, the 75-year-old president of the University of Colorado, wants 5 more… Continue Reading >>

What’s Worse Than Suppressing Free Speech?

July 9, 2013 by ACTA|

Paying millions to suppress free speech.

But that’s what the federal government is demanding from the University of Montana. In order to improve its Title IX compliance, UMT will have to spend… Continue Reading >>

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