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 is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

  • Annual Merrill Award Presented to University of Chicago President

  • What Will They Learn 2017

  • How Much Is Too Much? Controlling Administrative Costs Through Effective Oversight

  • Trustee Guides

Our Initiatives:

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

What's New

ACTA Provides Voice of Reason in Michigan

February 7, 2018 |

Multiple scandals at Michigan State University have put a spotlight on the University’s governance and transparency. From the appointment of a new interim president, to the need for greater accountability… Continue Reading >>

Praise for the New HEA Reauthorization

December 19, 2017 |

The House Education and Workforce Committee’s new Higher Education Act Reauthorization adopts several important policies that ACTA believes may increase academic accountability. ACTA President Dr. Michael Poliakoff offered his thoughts on the new legislation with more recommendations about how to improve American… Continue Reading >>

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Liberal Arts, Free Expression, and the Demosthenes-Feynman Trap

December 2017 |

Remarks by Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, upon accepting the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. The award was presented on October 20, 2017.

Demystifying Accreditation with Third Way

January 2018 by Christine Ravold |

Many people have expressed dissatisfaction with American higher education. But students and taxpayers don’t know about the oblique system responsible for… Continue Reading >>

ACTA'S BLOG: THE FORUM
A TOWN SQUARE FOR HIGHER ED

One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei

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