On the whole, U.S. colleges and universities donâ€™t get everything right. Theyâ€™re overpriced, operationally hidebound, and ideologically stagnant. But American higher education does some things very wellâ€”well enough that students from around the world still choose to come to the United States to get advanced degrees.
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.