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ACTA Releases New Report on College Costs

NAS

ACTA is publishing a new report on rising administrative costs in higher education.

From Democritus to Disney: ACTA Charts Academic Devolution of Elite Colleges

Marilee Turscak

The ACTA's examination of America's top-ranked liberal arts colleges reveals a deemphasis on fundamental subjects. 

Measuring Core Requirements

Ashley Thorne

The more expensive a college is, the less likely it is to have a strong core curriculum, finds the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). 

What's Up with California Higher Ed?

Ashley Thorne

Three organizations have just published reports with concerns about the state of higher education in California and recommendations for how to fix it.

Larry Summers Speaks at ACTA

George Leef

Larry Summers has some interesting thoughts about grade inflation, tenure, and the curriculum. As an economist, Summers is part of the problem (he’s completely absorbed in the Keynesian view that the federal government can and should manage the economy), but with regard to higher education, he sees its problems and speaks his mind forcefully.

Anne Neal Argues That Trustees Should Get Involved

George Leef

Anne Neal urges trustees to find out what’s actually going on at their schools and to stop sitting around like potted plants and do something about the clear erosion of academic standards and student learning.

Video: Anne Neal on the Responsibilities of Universities

Anne Neal explains why students should not be thought of as customers, and how colleges must be held accountable for providing solid, affordable education.

Illinois Fails ACTA Report Card

Ashley Thorne

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has released a report card on public higher education in the state of Illinois. According to the ACTA press release:

The report card, entitled For the People, surveys 10 public four-year universities that together educate more than 90 percent of students enrolled at such institutions in Illinois. It offers a Pass or Fail grade in four key areas: what a college education costs, how the universities are governed, what students are learning and whether the marketplace of ideas is vibrant.

The institutions, as it happened, failed ACTA's standards in all four areas. Download the 66-page For the People report Download the 2-page executive summary

What's Cooking

Peter Wood

Yale, Virgina Tech, East Georgia, Eastern Michigan, Latin American Historians, 21st Century Cluelessness, and CampusReform.org--we've got it all.

ACTA Launches Guide on College Curricula

Ashley Thorne

Congratulations to our sister organization on creating a new online guide to rank colleges based on the core subjects they require.

ACTA Launches Campaign to Recognize Free Exchange of Ideas

Ashley Thorne

A new report from our sister organization commends colleges that foster intellectual diversity.

Wednesday? Oui, Monsieur

Peter Wood

Vapor trails, lifeboats, higher ed on the brink, filtration at Virginia Tech, death to apostates, disappointment at Chapel Hill, and new Cognitive Science Network