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November 30, 2021 by ACTA

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Building a Culture of Free Expression in the Online Classroom

September 8, 2021 by ACTA

Drawing on empirical data from student surveys, as well as insights from faculty and higher education leaders across the country, ACTA’s report details how the rapid shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the ongoing free speech crisis on college campuses, further suppressed viewpoint diversity, and encouraged more self-censorship among students. The...

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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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ACTA Applauds Formation of Alumni Free Speech Alliance, A New Effort to Protect Free Expression on College Campuses

October 20, 2021 by ACTA

Washington, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) applauds the formation of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA), a new and important voice in defense of free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity...

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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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Building a Culture of Free Expression in the Online Classroom

September 8, 2021 by ACTA

Drawing on empirical data from student surveys, as well as insights from faculty and higher education leaders across the country, ACTA’s report details how the rapid shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the ongoing free speech crisis on college campuses, further suppressed viewpoint diversity, and encouraged more self-censorship among students. The...

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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
  • Free Speech

    Alumni Withhold Donations, Demand Colleges Enforce Free Speech

    Wall Street Journal  |  December 2, 2021 by Douglas Belkin

    Two years ago Cornell University asked a California real-estate developer and longtime donor for a seven-figure contribution. Carl Neuss didn’t write the check immediately, saying he was worried about what he saw as liberal indoctrination on campus and declining tolerance toward competing viewpoints. To allay Mr. Neuss’s concerns, the development office introduced him to some politically […]

  • Liberal Arts

    Disappointed higher ed donors have options

    Philanthropy Daily  |  October 12, 2021 by Rebecca Richards

    It can be hard for donors to support higher education in keeping with their values. But there are options at universities all across the country. Americans have never been so disappointed by higher education. In a survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Bipartisan Policy Center, only 60% of Americans said that they […]

  • Costs

    College Excess Costs Everyone

    The American Conservative  |  October 6, 2021 by Zachary Rogers

    The higher education debt crisis is a boondoggle as institutional spending continues to rise while contributing little to graduation rates. he Biden administration recently announced a $5.8 billion federal student loan cancellation through the Total and Permanent Disability program and extended the halt on student loan payments and fees until early 2022. Despite the Covid-19 […]

  • Intellectual Diversity

    Why so few conservative student clubs? Faculty are unwilling to sponsor them.

    Campus Reform  |  September 15, 2021 by Mckenna Dallmeyer

    Students at Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, and Miami Dade College report being unable to find faculty advisors for their clubs. One student told ‘Campus Reform’ about ‘openly conservative faculty being intimidated, demoted, and mistreated by the deans of their respective schools due to ideological differences.’ Conservative students across the country are facing difficulty when […]

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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. WhatWillTheyLearn.com

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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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