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

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

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

Guides & Essays

ACTA and its Institute for Effective Governance provide information on best practices in higher education and help trustees and policymakers address practical challenges of governance.

Asking Questions, Getting Answers

A Guide for Higher Ed Trustees
May 2019 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
This guide, updated in 2019, outlines some of the key questions trustees should ask regarding the academic and financial operations of their institutions. Institutions… Continue Reading >>

Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

A Guide for Higher Education Trustees
October 2018 by Joyce Lee Malcolm |
ACTA's new guide for higher education trustees, Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm of the Antonin Scalia Law… Continue Reading >>

Building a Culture of Free Expression on the American College Campus

Challenges & Solutions
April 2018 by Joyce Lee Malcolm |
Higher education continues to grapple with issues surrounding free expression within the academy—and the actions that protect or degrade it. From colleges… Continue Reading >>

Campus Intolerance, Then & Now

The Influence of Marcusian Ideology
April 2018 by Guenter Lewy |
Freedom of expression is imperiled on today’s college campuses. Citizens and educators alike are concerned about the number of shout-downs and disinvitations… Continue Reading >>

What’s a Parent to Do?

How to Help Your Child Select the Right College
August 2017 by Anne D. Neal |
"This book will help you pry the truth out from the imagery. It will help you ask the right questions and it will make you think about what you want t do with the… Continue Reading >>

How Much is Too Much?

Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight
July 2017 by ACTA |
With recent research from the Institute for Higher Education Policy showing that college is unaffordable for as many as 70% of working- and middle-class students,… Continue Reading >>

Leading the Charge

Governors, Higher Education and Accountability
July 2017 by ACTA |
With this new tool, ACTA is working to expand its outreach to governors nationwide on behalf of higher education reform, focusing on key issues of quality, cost,… Continue Reading >>

Campus Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Problem of the BDS Movement

March 2017 by ACTA |
Polarizing political beliefs are nothing new on campus, but the tactics employed by supporters of the BDS movement create new cause for concern, from the politicization… Continue Reading >>

The Basics of Responsible Trusteeship

August 2016 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
There are few positions that offer comparable challenges and rewards to those of a college trustee. As a trustee, you have the legal and fiduciary obligation to… Continue Reading >>

Bold Leadership, Real Reform

Best Practices in University Governance
February 2015 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
Drawing on the experiences of universities across the country, Bold Leadership, Real Reform: Best Practices in University Governance details what works in higher… Continue Reading >>

The Chicago Principles

Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
January 2015 |
A committee of faculty members from across the University of Chicago was convened by President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs, chaired by Geoffrey Stone,… Continue Reading >>

Implementing Governance for a New Era

An Action Plan for Higher Ed Trustees
November 2014 by ACTA |
Implementing Governance for a New Era is an action plan to assist college and university trustees in reforming higher education. Delivered to more than 16,000 college… Continue Reading >>

Accreditation

A Call to Action for College Trustees
October 2013 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
Today, virtually all colleges and universities in the United States are accredited (sometimes by more than one accrediting body). Yet there is widespread—and… Continue Reading >>

The Art of College Admissions

A Trustee Guide to the Value of Entrance Exams
July 2013 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
In recent years, a number of educators have challenged the usefulness of SAT and ACT tests as indicators of college readiness, and some institutions have stopped… Continue Reading >>

Free to Teach, Free to Learn

Understanding and Maintaining Academic Freedom in Higher Education
April 2013 by ACTA |
This guide for trustees reports on the dangerous decline of academic freedom and intellectual diversity on college campuses. The foreword, by Benno Schmidt, chairman… Continue Reading >>
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