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.

ACTA launches the first segment of its new web series for trustees: Best Practices in Athletic Oversight featuring Maryland Regent Tom McMillen and Chancellor Brit Kirwan with an introduction by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. View the Video.

Many colleges and universities don’t require English majors to take a course in Shakespeare. Read ACTA's new report.

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

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ACTA President Anne D. Neal’s Statement on New University of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld

September 4, 2015 |

Higher education is facing many challenges and institutions wedded to the status quo will have a bleak future.  Governance for a new era requires boards to be laser-focused on examining  candidates from inside and outside academic circles. The ranks of business and government offer many, excellent individuals

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ACTA testifies before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee

June 17, 2015 |

ACTA President Anne D. Neal provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at their June 17 hearing on higher education accreditation, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander. Her testimony emphasized the shocking failure of the current system of accreditation to ensure academic

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Guest Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the For-Profit Institution

August 24, 2015 by Skip Estes |

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCi) filed for bankruptcy. CCi built its business around non-traditional students entering higher education with the help of federal student loans. Critics claim that this business model is questionable, and the Corinthian...

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In Memoriam Peter Schramm

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A great scholar, teacher, and patriot left this world on August 16, 2015. Peter Schramm was unforgettable in his passion for liberty and truth and in the excitement he generated through his writings and presentations. His father had survived both forced labor under the Nazis and the Communist...

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Upcoming Events

Oct
16

ACTA's 20th Anniversary Gala

National Geographic Society, Washington, DC
Oct
16

The Government's Role in Higher Education

George Mason University, Founders Hall Auditorium