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.

Publications: Reports


Reports

ACTA's reports address key issues of higher education quality and effectiveness. They examine and analyze such topics as curricular standards and academic rigor, the academic freedom of faculty and students, cost-effectiveness and allocation of resources, responsible governance, and how attentive institutions are to the needs of their students.

What Will They Learn? 2014-15

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2014 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe...

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Roosevelt Awareness Survey

September 2014 |

ACTA teams up with GfK on a new survey on American historical literacy just in time for the premiere of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An...

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College Governance Survey

August 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA commissioned GfK Custom Research to gauge the public’s perception of higher education and the role of trustees. Americans are worried about the state of...

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Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees
August 2014 by Benno C. Schmidt |

Governance for a New Era, a blueprint for higher education governance, is the product of a summit facilitated by ACTA and chaired by Benno Schmidt, City...

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D-Day Knowledge Survey

June 2014 |

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, ACTA releases a GfK survey on historical amnesia about World War II. The study found that a quarter of American...

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Getting What You Pay For?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Public Universities
April 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA today released a report that finds the country’s leading public institutions fail students and the American people in several key areas. Getting What...

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HIGHER

2013 Annual Report
March 2014 by ACTA |

Setting a Higher Bar for Higher Ed. ACTA is leading the charge to return "higher" to higher education. We are challenging the status quo to restore academic...

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Education or Reputation?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges
January 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA today released a report that examines the country’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Despite endowments soaring as high as $1.8 billion, nearly...

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What Will They Learn? 2013-14

October 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA’s fifth edition of What Will They Learn?™ highlights the tremendous disconnect between perception and reality at America’s colleges and universities on...

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Protecting Students and Taxpayers

The Federal Government's Failed Regulatory Approach and Steps for Reform
September 2013 by Hank Brown |

When it comes to federal funding of higher education, the government's approach to quality assurance and consumer protection is a public policy and...

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Florida Rising

An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State
June 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA’s 11th state report finds higher education in Florida has both sunny spots and storms to avoid, yet overall has strong potential to set an example for...

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Shaping the Future of Higher Education

2012 Annual Report
March 2013 by ACTA |

Whether it's restoring a core curriculum, demanding affordability, or insisting on informed stewardship, ACTA is shaping the future of higher education by...

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What Will They Learn? 2012-13

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2012 by ACTA |

ACTA releases What Will They Learn? 2012-13, the fourth edition, evaluating the general education requirements at 1,070 colleges and universities. Unlike...

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American History Literacy Survey 2012

August 2012 by ACTA |

ACTA teams up with Gfk Roper OmniTel to conduct a new survey on American historical literacy. Again, the results are troubling. Less than half of the college...

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Best Laid Plans

The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California
June 2012 by ACTA |

At a time of major fiscal crisis and growing student and faculty unrest, ACTA's report points the finger at California's college and university trustees as...

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