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Freedom of Expression

Ann Coulter’s Statement on Cancellation at Cornell University

November 16, 2022

Freedom of Expression

Letter to Cornell University President Martha Pollack

The freedom of invited speakers to express their beliefs, no matter how controversial and without fear of reprisal, is...

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Maine Augusta’s Presidential Search Do-Over

Inside Higher Ed  |  October 12, 2022 by Josh Moody

“The University of Maine at Augusta is set to begin its second presidential search in less than a year. The previous effort failed after officials withheld information about the selected candidate, ultimately leaving the...


“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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Emma Camp: "Speech Activists Can Certainly Make Waves"

October 4, 2022

In March 2022, the New York Times published a piece by Emma Camp, titled "I Came to College Eager to Debate. I Found Self-Censorship Instead." The story quickly went viral, and Emma was thrust into the spotlight...


“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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First-year Orientation Is More Than Just a Tour, It's an Introduction to Campus Culture and Values

September 16, 2022 by Sadie Webb

On August 28, 2022, as part of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) College Debates and Discourse Program, in collaboration with Braver Angels and BridgeUSA, Denison University became the first campus in...


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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 been counseled by ACTA on matters of cost effectiveness, financial governance, and institutional spending. See ACTA’s one-of-a-kind higher education financial analysis tool:

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    institutions representing over 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 100+ 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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