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American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2021
This report is a comprehensive analysis of college spending trends and the impact spending has on tuition and student success. American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) analyzed data from more than 1,500 four-year public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities. The data reveal that institutional spending has continued to surge…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Private Colleges, Universities, Educational Finance
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2021
ACTA has released the second edition of "No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major." The report found that 18 of the top 25 public universities did not have a wide-ranging American history requirement for students seeking a B.A. in history in the major or core curriculum. Top universities…
Descriptors: United States History, College Curriculum, Majors (Students), Required Courses
Pidluzny, Jonathan; Gross, Erik – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2021
Drawing on empirical data from student surveys, as well as insights from faculty and higher education leaders across the country, ACTA's report details how the rapid shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the ongoing free speech crisis on college campuses, further suppressed viewpoint diversity, and encouraged more…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Censorship
Pidluzny, Jonathan; Urban, Nathaniel; Quillen, Alexandra; Kempson, Lauri – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2021
"What Will They Learn?" has been documenting for the last 13 years the crisis of weak core curriculum requirements. In addition to helping students choose the right college for the right reasons, American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) works with college and university leaders on campuses around the country to strengthen curricula…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
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
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
Pidluzny, Jonathan; Urban, Nathaniel; Quillen, Alexandra; Kempson, Lauri – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020
In this 12th edition of its flagship annual survey of college general education curricula, "What Will They Learn?," American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) shines a light on the wide disparity in academic standards at institutions of higher learning across the country. "What Will They Learn?" reviews the core curricula…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
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
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