By Jane S. Shaw
Ever since it was created in 1995, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni has been trying to help trustees do a better job. ACTA has issued readable, thoughtful reports advising trustees on topics such as advancing intellectual diversity, dealing with grade inflation, measuring academic effectiveness, criticizing accreditation, and cutting costs.
But turning the ship of higher education around is a herculean task (we at the Pope Center are engaged in the same enterprise—ACTA’s president, Anne Neal, serves on our academic advisory council—so we know). Furthermore, the context of the university is changing in unpredictable ways. CONTINUE READING HERE