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.

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

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ACTA Statement on UNC Centers and Trustee Oversight

February 27, 2015 |

Let the trustees do their job. In these challenging times, systems and schools that will thrive will be those that are not afraid to question the status quo.  The legislature instructed the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to take a look at more than 200 centers throughout the system—oversight that

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ACTA Statement on Senate HELP Committee Meeting

February 24, 2015 |

Reducing regulation is surely a start. But it’s also time for us to revisit the entire framework of higher education quality assurance that is sadly failing our students. The United States spends nearly twice the OECD per pupil average with disappointing results:

• Just one in three students at four-year public

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The Sad Fate of Sweet Briar College

March 6, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A storied women's liberal arts college founded in 1901 will close its doors this year. How could this happen, and what does this very sad story mean for American higher education?

In October 2009, Goldie Blumenstyck observed in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “as the country passes the first...

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Class on Friday: Science Fiction to Science Fact

February 27, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday afternoon we'll put together a quiz to keep your mind working! If there's a topic you'd like to see in the...

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