ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

A Crisis in Civic Education. Read ACTA's New Report.

ACTA releases a new report: The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum

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ACTA initiatives promote academic quality, affordability, and cost effectiveness in higher education.

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ACTA writes to the University of Missouri Board of Curators

January 22, 2016 |

On January 20, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni wrote to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, advising them to consider carefully Melissa Click’s behavior when she comes up for tenure. Professor Click had attempted to bar student journalists from covering public protests on the Columbia campus

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ACTA urges trustees to uphold free speech and the rule of law

January 15, 2016 |

In November, ACTA released a statement in response to ongoing cases of campus unrest across the country, urging trustees to protect free speech at their institutions and reiterating the success of the Statement on Principles of Free Expression at the University of Chicago. ACTA followed up on that statement recently

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Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting students who can succeed. It is then the school’s duty to work diligently to ensure that they do...

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Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price” of tuition and fees rose five times faster than overall inflation. Cost is choking off access to higher...

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