Resources for Trustees

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Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees

This landmark report on higher education governance is the product of a summit of 22 distinguished national leaders, including college presidents, trustees, business leaders, academics, and policymakers dedicated to ensuring that America’s colleges and universities successfully meet 21st century challenges.

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The Cost of Excess

Why Colleges and Universities Must Control Runaway Spending

This comprehensive analysis of college spending patterns reveals how spending has contributed to skyrocketing tuition with minimal impact on student success. The report draws on data from more than 1,500 four-year public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

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The Basics of Responsible Trusteeship

This brochure provides recommendations to help trustees perform their legal and fiduciary obligations, advance the academic and financial health of their institutions, and serve the best interests of the public.

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About American History

Dr. Allen Guelzo explores what all American college students should learn about their country. He takes readers through pivotal moments in American history and illustrates the contemporary importance of our past.

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What Will They Learn? 2021–2022

A Guide to What College Rankings Don’t Tell You

Most college ranking systems do not evaluate what students are actually required to learn in the classroom. What Will They Learn?® is the only rating system that examines core curricular requirements at over 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities.

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Resisting Cancel Culture

Promoting Dialogue, Debate, and Free Speech in the College Classroom

This essay by former ACLU president Nadine Strossen discusses the disappearance of reasoned and wide-ranging debate from college and universities. Professor Strossen outlines strategies to help administrators and faculty counter social pressure, self-censorship, and incivility on campuses.

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The Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression

To date, 82 schools have adopted the Chicago Principles issued by the University of Chicago Committee on Freedom of Expression. The Chicago Principles are the gold standard for a commitment to protecting free and open inquiry at colleges and universities.

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ACTA’s Digital Media Library

ACTA’s robust digital library offers trustees key insights on effective governance. and provide valuable comparison data on costs and curriculum. Our Higher Ed Now podcast and Inside the Walls eNewsletter, available on, cover the latest trends in higher education.


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