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Due Process

Protecting due process and academic freedom in Title IX investigations

July 13, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

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Murphy Introduces the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act

The Office of U.S. Congressman Greg Murphy  |  June 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) introduced the Campus Free Speech and Restoration Act. This bill is a response to the silencing of conservative voices across the nation. Murphy’s legislation will require...

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“ACTA provides short, concise suggestions for trustees who can help administrations make real, beneficial change for the future of education.”

Douglas Faigin
Trustee, California State University
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Be an Informed Board Member

Colleges and universities depend on informed and engaged trustees. ACTA’s tools and resources equip board members to be effective fiduciaries for America’s institutions of higher education. Be prepared for your next board meeting with ACTA’s trustee toolkit.

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Does $471 Billion Deserve Respect?

Forbes  |  June 28, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

Generosity continues to define the American people. Last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable giving surpassed $471 billion. This new milestone was announced with well-deserved fanfare and extensive media coverage. What...

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“I appreciate the assistance of the Fund for Academic Renewal in structuring the gift and my agreement. The guidance will ensure that my objectives for the gift will be honored by the University for many years to come.”

Angelo Pizzagalli
Founder of the Pizzagalli Chair of Free Enterprise at University of Vermont


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Protecting Students and Taxpayers

Read how policymakers can reform the higher education quality assurance process to protect students and taxpayers, preserve university and college independence and autonomy, and allow innovation in post-secondary education that will retain America's leadership.

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& PARENTS

ACTA Recognizes University of Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government as an Outstanding Liberal Arts Program

May 24, 2021 by ACTA

Washington, DC – The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government has been named an Oasis of Excellence for its commitment to helping students cultivate intellectual and civic virtue. ACTA promotes...

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“Our very best wishes for ACTA’s continued success. We are in desperate need of educated citizens if as a country we are to survive.”

Barbara and Irving Cohen
Grandparents


IN THE NEWS
  • Core Curriculum

    Understanding Economics Can Cure an Obsession With Socialism

    The Daily Signal  |  July 12, 2021 by Emily Marsh and Tori K. Smith

    Although nearly a quarter of Americans (23%) say socialism means equality, fewer (17%) correctly identify socialism as an economic system where the government controls key factors of production and distribution, according to a Gallup poll in 2018. The same poll found that 42% of Americans said they feel positively about socialism. Despite such apparent support for socialism, […]

  • Intellectual Diversity

    Resisting cancel culture: Teaching college students how to think

    The Christian Post  |  June 29, 2021 by Carlos Campo

    A few years ago, we were surprised to read Pew research statistics indicating that, “for the first time in U.S. history,” Americans felt like higher education was “headed in the wrong direction.”  As we dug into the reasons why, tuition costs topped the list, but other factors got our attention. In particular, we were intrigued […]

  • Donor Intent

    Does $471 Billion Deserve Respect?

    Forbes  |  June 28, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

    Generosity continues to define the American people. Last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable giving surpassed $471 billion. This new milestone was announced with well-deserved fanfare and extensive media coverage. What happens after the check is cashed, however, receives far less attention. Few donors understand their legal recourse when a charity ignores—or […]

  • Free Speech

    Murphy Introduces the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act

    The Office of U.S. Congressman Greg Murphy

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) introduced the Campus Free Speech and Restoration Act. This bill is a response to the silencing of conservative voices across the nation. Murphy’s legislation will require public and private universities to report First Amendment violations to the Department of Education and publicly share campus policies on free […]

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  • How Colleges Spend Money

    Two out of three college students now graduate with an average of over $28,000 in student debt, and the price of tuition continues to rise at an unsustainable rate, faster even than health care. So how do colleges spend that money?

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  • What Will They Learn?®

    The goal of ACTA's What Will They Learn?® project is to encourage colleges and universities to strengthen their general education programs—so that students graduate better prepared for the workforce, ready to participate in their communities as responsible citizens, and acquainted with our cultural and intellectual inheritance.

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  • FAR: Fund for Academic Renewal

    Intentional, directed giving has the power to renew our colleges and universities. ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal serves donors who want to make transformative gifts to higher education, gifts that help institutions live up to their highest ideals. FAR guides donors and their advisors through every step in the gift-making process.

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HOW ACTA IS SUCCEEDING
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    Colleges and universities have investigated their spending practices due to ACTA’s work. Visit our site, HowCollegesSpendMoney.com.

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    Institutions have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression due to ACTA’s outreach.

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    Colleges and universities have improved their core curriculum requirements based on ACTA’s annual What Will They Learn?® initiative.
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Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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