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Guelzo, Allen – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
Why do we teach U.S. history and government to students? The answer is simple: to prepare students for engaged and informed citizenry, the essential ingredient for preserving the American republic. Unfortunately, ACTA's most recent "What Will They Learn?"® survey of the core curricula at over 1,100 colleges and universities found that…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Higher Education, Governance
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
ACTA's 12th state higher education report examines questions of great urgency for the state of Mississippi: How should individual public universities choose their leadership? Are the public universities careful stewards of taxpayer dollars? Is free speech protected on Mississippi's college campuses? The report assesses institutions on measures of…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Institutional Characteristics, College Curriculum, Employment Qualifications
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
For years, ACTA warned of a looming crisis in higher education, and with it, a crisis for our nation. It is writ large in runaway college costs, civic ignorance, a skills deficit that frustrates employers, and the breakdown in the discourse that is the lifeblood of a free society. But from its inception, ACTA has been more than a warning bell in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Academic Freedom, Educational Quality
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
"The Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving" is a signature ACTA publication designed to help higher education donors navigate the giving process. This third edition features stories behind gifts that are bringing intellectual diversity and academic rigor to campuses across the country as well as lessons from controversies over past…
Descriptors: Donors, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Higher Education
Strossen, Nadine – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
The author has built one of America's most distinguished careers among defenders of free speech and civil liberties. Cancel culture, presented in this essay, is not a new phenomenon. In this essay, the author marshals a wealth of survey data to show the scope and depth of the growing crisis: Americans feel more pressure to conceal their viewpoints…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Civil Rights, Higher Education, Political Attitudes
Pidluzny, Jonathan; Urban, Nathaniel; Kempson, Lauri – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2019
In the United States, colleges and universities have traditionally undertaken the important task of preparing citizens to participate fully and effectively in the civic, political, and economic spheres of the republican system. They have done so by joining a general education curriculum--common to all students--to an area of specialized knowledge,…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Liberal Arts, Public Colleges
Arria, Amelia; Wagley, Greta – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2019
As colleges and universities acknowledge the connection between behavioral health and student success, ACTA releases this powerful report calling for a new level of awareness and collaborative action by presidents and trustees to address student alcohol and drug use. The report provides examples of successful, evidence-based programs implemented…
Descriptors: College Students, Drinking, Drug Use, Academic Achievement
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2019
This guide, updated in 2019, outlines some of the key questions trustees should ask regarding the academic and financial operations of their institutions. Institutions vary significantly in terms of size, audience, and purpose. But by asking questions and following up, trustees can play a pivotal role in ensuring that the next generation receives…
Descriptors: Trustees, Governing Boards, Governance, College Administration
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2019
The good news is that America is awake to the urgent need for transformative change in higher education. We are at a turning point: ACTA's admonitions to make a college education affordable and indisputably valuable for students and our nation are being heeded as never before. And more good news: We are a nation of problem solvers, and our…
Descriptors: Trustees, Higher Education, Professional Associations, Educational Finance
Lewy, Guenter – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
Freedom of expression is imperiled on today's college campuses. Citizens and educators alike are concerned about the number of shout-downs and disinvitations and their silencing effect on intellectual diversity. The use of speech codes, "safe spaces," new rules demanding "trigger warnings," and condemning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Ideology, Educational Philosophy, Freedom of Speech
Lee, Malcolm Joyce – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
Freedom of speech, protected by our Constitution, has long been a vital component of political, social, and intellectual life in our country. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has dedicated itself for more than 23 years to working with trustees to ensure that our nation's colleges and universities preserve this essential freedom…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Trustees, Governing Boards
Riethmiller, Megan; Urban, Nathaniel; Kempson, Lauri – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
Ten years ago, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) gathered data on 100 colleges from the U.S. News & World Report's annual list of "Best Colleges and Universities." ACTA questioned whether these elite institutions were requiring their students to take rigorous, college-level courses in the core areas crucial for…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Liberal Arts, Public Colleges
Malcolm, Joyce Lee – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
Over its 23-year history, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has worked to educate leaders in higher education to uphold the highest standards of academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability. The most serious challenges in memory to the free exchange of ideas essential for liberal education has been faced. For the last…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Environment, Liberal Arts, Freedom of Speech
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has gone from strength to strength in advancing their mission to ensure that American higher education is the finest in the world. This annual report focuses on how well ACTA has led schools, coast to coast, to strengthen cost-control and accountability, nurture academic excellence, and enhance…
Descriptors: Trustees, Higher Education, Professional Associations, Educational Finance
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2017
Trustees face complex choices related to costs and efficiency as they navigate new accountability policies, financial headwinds, and a changing global marketplace for college education. The latest release in a series of trustee guides from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni's Institute for Effective Governance, "Bold Leadership, Real…
Descriptors: Efficiency, Costs, Educational Opportunities, Higher Education
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