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Statement by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni on President Biden’s Loan Forgiveness Plan

August 24, 2022 by ACTA

In Memoriam: David McCullough

The United States, indeed, the world, lost an intellectual giant. David McCullough was one of our most extraordinary historians,...

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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 Hosts Webinar On College Debates and Discourse Program to Help Alumni Free Speech Advocates

April 15, 2022 by ACTA

On April 1, 2022, ACTA hosted a webinar to introduce alumni free speech advocates to our College Debates and Discourse Program, which brings parliamentary-style debates to college campuses. The event is part of our ongoing work,...


“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


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...


“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

  • 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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    institutions have investigated their spending practices through ACTA’s one-of-a-kind higher education financial analysis tool:

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    institutions representing two million students, encouraged by ACTA, reaffirmed their commitment to free speech on campus by adopting the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression.

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

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    students from 50+ Institutions have engaged in civil discourse debates through ACTA’s college debates program partnership with Braver Angels and Bridge USA.

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    news outlets reaching 14 million readers have covered ACTA’s nationwide impact on academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability in higher education.

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    million dollars in gifts to higher education have been guided through ACTA’s Fund for Academic Renewal. Visit


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