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Historical Literacy   

10 Things Everyone Should Know About American History

Why do we teach U.S. history and government to students? The answer is simple: to prepare students for engaged...

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How Higher Education Leaders Should Respond To The Coronavirus Financial Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has imposed grave, urgent financial pressure on colleges and universities. Campuses had to move courses online in a matter of days, students and parents are demanding housing and meal plan refunds,...


“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

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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Lessons on legacy giving from the Sherlock Hibbs endowment

After a six-month legal battle, the University of Missouri and Hillsdale College have ended a dispute with an anti-climactic resolution. The two institutions agreed to split a gift that Sherlock Hibbs gave to Mizzou...


“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


Accreditation on the Edge: A Panel Discussion on America’s Broken Accreditation System

Recently, ACTA hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of higher education accreditation with a group of experts from a range of different perspectives. The event was loosely based on...


"ACTA’s resources are very informative for my staff as we work to solve issues in higher education. I commend the hard work of ACTA."

Larry Hogan
Governor, State of Maryland

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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ACTA Publication Indicates Colleges Fail To Prepare Students

Students are often told that they must go to college. They are told that higher education is the key to their future and that they will not be able to make it very far...


“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

  • Costs

    University of Colorado Needs to Get Serious About Spending Cuts

    July 2, 2020

    When the late Clayton Christensen prophesied in 2011 that disruptive innovation would cause half of America’s colleges and universities to merge or close within 15 years, higher education leaders and associations listened but largely ignored him. Now a pandemic has deepened their self-inflicted wounds and exploded their comfortable status quo. CU-Boulder must wake up. In […]

  • Costs

    Why College Students Need A Faster Track To Graduation

    June 29, 2020

    Courses like “Decoding Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Sex and Cinema in the 20th Century,” “Wizards and Vampires in Film, TV & Literature,” “Tattoos in American Popular Culture,” and “The Fame Monster: The Cultural Politics of Lady Gaga” have been popping up for years in course catalogs nationwide. Is this really a college education? Could we stop […]

  • Core Curriculum

    Netflix CEO Gives Largest Gift Ever to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    June 23, 2020

    Last week, Neflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, announced a series of gifts totaling $120 million, intended to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The funds will be split among Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The gift comes at a time when America is reeling from […]

  • Presidential Search

    Sole Finalist Withdraws Bid To Become UW System President

    June 12, 2020

    The single finalist up for consideration as the next president of the University of Wisconsin System has withdrawn his bid for the job.  University of Alaska System President Jim Johnsen announced the decision to withdraw on Friday morning, according to a University of Alaska press release.  “After deep reflection as to where I am called to lead […]

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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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    Colleges and universities have investigated their spending practices due to ACTA’s work. Visit our site,

  • 73

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

  • 240

    Colleges and universities have improved their core curriculum requirements based on ACTA’s annual What Will They Learn?® initiative.


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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