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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:36 PM

ACTA files complaint against University {of Virginia} accreditation decision

ACTA files complaint against University accreditation decision

By Greg Lewis | Jan 02

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit organization that advocates for strict academic standards and strong trustee involvement in university affairs has filed a complaint with the Department of Education about the decision to place the University on warning.

In the complaint, ACTA president Anne Neal said SAC’s decision falls “outside the accreditor’s legitimate authority” and constitutes “a blatant intrusion into governance powers.”

“At the end of the day, please take heart: a board doesn’t need to get community buy-in,” she said. “A college presidency is not a popularity contest – and shared governance does not mean shared fiduciary responsibility.”

Co-founded in 1995 by Lynne Cheney — former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney — ACTA has long championed the role of university trustees, promoted stronger general education requirements and criticized the higher education accreditation process.

I thought they wanted to get rid of the Department of Education. I guess it's OK when they can use it to suit their purposes.

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