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.

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AMERICAN COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES AND ALUMNI

Most recent revision: November 8, 2012

Welcome to GoACTA.org, a Web site produced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (“ACTA”). As used in these Terms and Conditions, the term “Web site” refers to the Web site located at http://www.goacta.org e-mai,l newsletters, and any other sites on which a link to these Terms and Conditions appears. ACTA does not control, and is not responsible for, any third-party site to which the Web site links.

You agree that your use of the Web site is subject to the following Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions may be modified at any time and from time to time; the date of the most recent changes or revisions will appear on this page. Continued access to the Web site by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to the Agreement. Other portions of ACTA websites may be governed by different or additional terms and conditions. In the event of a conflict between any provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use, on the one hand, and any other terms and conditions, on the other hand, the applicable provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use shall prevail with respect to your use of the Web site.

The information prepared by ACTA on this Web site is intended to be accurate based upon ACTA’s good faith research and reliance upon information publicly available from the individual institutions. The materials contained on the Web site are provided by ACTA as a service to you for your noncommercial, personal use on an “as is, as available” basis and may be used by you for information purposes only. However, you acknowledge that you are using the Web site at your own risk. ACTA assumes no responsibility for error or omissions in these materials. ACTA makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. ACTA makes no, and expressly disclaims any and all, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the ACTA Web site, including without limitation the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of text, graphics, links, and other items accessed from or via the Web site, or that the Web site will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. No advice or information given by ACTA or any other party on the Web site shall create any warranty or liability.

ACTA does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials at the Web site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or otherwise. Under no circumstances shall ACTA or any of its partners, officers, directors, employees, or agents be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special, or consequential, and including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use, reliance on, or performance of the information on the Web site.

ACTA periodically schedules system downtime for maintenance and other purposes. Unplanned outages also may occur. ACTA shall have no liability for the resulting unavailability of the Web site or for any loss of data or transactions caused by planned or unplanned system outages, or any outages of webhost providers or the Internet infrastructure and network external to the Web site.

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All materials published on the Web site are protected by copyright laws, and may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, resold, displayed, broadcast, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express written permission of either ACTA or, in the case of content licensed by ACTA from third parties, the entity that is credited as the copyright holder of such licensed content. You may download freely accessible material (one copy per page) from this Web site for your personal and noncommercial use only, without altering or removing any trademark, copyright, or other notice from such material.

In the event you believe that any content posted on the Web site infringes your copyright or other intellectual-property rights, you may notify ACTA by providing the information required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Action of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512, to:

Lauri Kempson, Vice President of Operations
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
1730 M Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

(t) 202.467.6787
(f) 202.467.6784

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You agree to indemnify ACTA and each of its partners, officers, directors, employees, and agents, against, and to hold each of them harmless from, any and all claims and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) that may arise from your unauthorized use of material obtained from the Web site, from your breach of these Terms and Conditions, and from any such acts arising through your use of the Web site.

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You may not publish, broadcast, rewrite for broadcast or publication, or redistribute directly or indirectly in any medium text, photo, or graphic material made available on the Web site. Neither the materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. ACTA will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.

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You agree that any claim, action, or proceeding arising out of these Terms and Conditions, or your use of the Web site, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a district or federal court in the District of Columbia. In addition, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) applies to your use of the Web site only and does not cover information collected by any third party sites to which this Web site links. This Privacy Policy is part of, and hereby incorporated into, the Web site’s Terms and Conditions.

The following outlines how we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website.

ACTA does not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing that information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any outside parties.

We collect and store only the following information about you: the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or uark.edu if you are connecting from the University of Arkansas’ domain) the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked to our site.

We use the collected information to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more user-friendly.

If you complete the update form in order to receive updates and voluntarily share your personally identifying information in this way, we will use this information only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt-out of receiving future mailings. See Opt-Out below.

You may send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a comment or question. We use personally identifying information from e-mail primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your e-mail to other employees who are better able to answer your questions. We may also use your e-mail to contact you in the future about ACTA programs that may be of interest.

If you sign up for updates, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested. We won't share your name or e-mail address with any outside parties.

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Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications or to update your contact information previously provided to us through the same online form used to sign up for updates. You cannot remove yourself from our database, but you can prevent unwanted communication.

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If you have any questions about this, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at: info@goacta.org.

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Members of ACTA’s Donor Societies are a select group of individuals whose efforts help determine the future course of higher education. They receive regular insider advisories as well as invitations to exclusive ACTA events. In recent years, speakers at our special donor events have included journalist Michael Barone, historian Edward Larson, CUNY board chair Benno Schmidt, and First Amendment scholar Philip Hamburger. ACTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and all contributions to ACTA are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. For more information, please contact Sherrill Berk by phone at 1-888-ALUMNI-8 or 202-467-6787 or by email at sberk@goacta.org.

FOUNDER'S SOCIETY ($50,000)

Members of the Founder's Society, ACTA’s most distinguished donor group, sustain ACTA’s work at the highest level. They receive invitations to two or more exclusive events every year; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; inscribed copies of notable books; and opportunities to meet with key educational leaders one-on-one.

CHAIRMAN’S SOCIETY ($25,000)

Members of the Chairman’s Society receive invitations to two or more exclusive events every year; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books.

TRUSTEE'S SOCIETY ($15,000)

Members of the Trustee's Society receive invitations to two or more exclusive events every year; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books.

DECADE SOCIETY ($10,000)

Members of the Decade Society receive invitations to two exclusive events every year; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books.

SOCIETY OF FELLOWS ($5,000)

Members of the Society of Fellows receive an invitation to an exclusive event every year; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books.

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY ($1,000)

Members of the President’s Society receive an invitation to an exclusive event every year and tickets to ACTA's ATHENA Roundtable.

LEGACY SOCIETY (BEQUEST OR PLANNED GIFT)

Members of the Legacy Society are those individuals who will drive ACTA’s work into the future—creating a legacy that will last.  ACTA has a number of naming opportunities, scholarship and fellowship funds, and long-term projects to honor and commemorate the members of our Legacy Society.

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ACTA Internship Programs

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni seeks accomplished, high-energy undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with excellent research and communication abilities to apply for spring and summer internships.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. 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 a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

ACTA's national network includes alumni and trustees from nearly 1,300 colleges and universities, including over 22,000 current board members. Our quarterly newsletter, Inside Academe, reaches more than 13,000 readers.

All fellows and summer interns participate in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members. Past seminar speakers have included Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Invdividual Rights in Education.

Spring and summer interns will primarily conduct research for ACTA's What Will They Learn?™ project. They will also write, perform clerical and administrative tasks, and enter data. ACTA interns have provided critical assistance to the full-time staff and have prepared materials that have appeared in nationally-syndicated news stories and have been sent to trustees and alumni across the country. Alumni of the internship program have returned to work at ACTA, and have gone on to work at other Washington-area policy organizations. This is a paid internship.

ACTA is always looking for qualified candidates so please email any questions about the program to info@goacta.org.

Application requirements

ACTA will hire on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed for both spring, summer, and fall internships until all positions are filled.To apply for any intership or fellowship, please email, in one PDF file:

  1. Your resume and transcript. (An unofficial transcript will suffice.)
  2. A letter of recommendation from someone who has taught you and can comment on your academic and analytic abilities and promise. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the internship or fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.


All applications and questions should be directed to info@goacta.org,

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Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy

The Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy is available for a two-month period during the summer to a student currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate studies at any institution of higher education, with preference given to students of Harvard University. Recent graduates with a strong interest in ACTA's mission of higher education reform and an excellent scholarly record may also be considered. The Fellowship is made possible by Dr. Robert T. Lewit—a 1959 graduate of Harvard College, 1963 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and chairman of ACTA's Board of Directors.

Lewit Fellows report to ACTA President Michael Poliakoff and other senior staff. Their projects include research and writing, some of which may be published by ACTA. They play a full part in the research work of ACTA and attend higher education meetings and conferences as appropriate. Lewit Fellows also participate—along with ACTA summer interns—in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members, as well as such experts as Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Fellows receive a stipend in equal monthly installments during the fellowship, as well as a housing and travel allowance. Fellows must reside in the Washington, DC area and work in ACTA's offices for 40 hours per week during the full length of the Fellowship.

Please email any questions about the program to info@goacta.org.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy, please email, in one PDF file:

  1. Your resume and transcript.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your institution. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the Lewit Fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.


Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, as applications are processed on a rolling basis. Applicants to be considered for both the Lewit Fellowship and a summer internship need only submit one application.

All applications—as well as any questions about the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy—should be directed to info@goacta.org.

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Scholar-in-Residence

Elizabeth D. “Betty” Capaldi Phillips

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today welcomes the addition of Dr. Capaldi Phillips as ACTA’s scholar-in-residence.  Continue Reading »

 

Council of Scholars

The distinguished professors who comprise ACTA’s Council of Scholars provide guidance on academic policy issues. Small working groups of the Council help ACTA set appropriate standards and criteria for its What Will They Learn?™ core curriculum project.

George E. Andrews
Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics,
Penn State University
 
Mark Bauerlein
Professor of English,
Emory University
 
Marc Zvi Brettler
Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor
of Judaic Studies, Duke University
 
William Cook
Distinguished Teaching Professor
and Emeritus Professor of History,
SUNY–Geneseo
 
Paul Davies
Professor of Philosophy,
College of William & Mary
 
David C. Doughty, Jr.
Professor of Physics and Provost,
Christopher Newport University
 
William Fagan
Professor and Chair of Biology,
University of Maryland

Judith Farr
Professor of English Emerita,
Georgetown University

Niall Ferguson
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; 
Senior Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
 
Sidney L. Gulick III
Professor of Mathematics,
University of Maryland
 
Robert “KC” Johnson
Professor of History,
CUNY–Brooklyn College
 
Anatoly M. Khazanov
Ernest Gellner Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Wisconsin; Fellow, British Academy
 
Alan Charles Kors
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History,
University of Pennsylvania
 
Jon D. Levenson
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School
 
Molly Levine
Professor and Chair of Classics,
Howard University

George R. Lucas, Jr.
Stockdale Chair in Ethics, U.s> Naval War College

Joyce Lee Malcolm
Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, George Mason University;
Fellow, Royal Historical Society
 
Matthew A. Malkan
Professor of Astrophysics,
UCLA
 
Michael Podgursky
Professor of Economics,
University of Missouri
 
James A. Sellers
Professor and Associate Head for Mathematics, Penn State University
 

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FELLOWSHIPS

Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy

The Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy is available for a two-month period during the summer to a student currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate studies at any institution of higher education, with preference given to students of Harvard University. Recent graduates with a strong interest in ACTA's mission of higher-education reform and an excellent scholarly record may also be considered. The Fellowship is made possible by Dr. Robert T. Lewit—a 1959 graduate of Harvard College, 1963 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and chairman of ACTA's Board of Directors.

Lewit Fellows report to ACTA president Dr. Michael Poliakoff and other senior staff. Their projects include research and writing, some of which may be published by ACTA. They play a full part in the research work of ACTA and attend higher-education meetings and conferences as appropriate. Lewit Fellows also participate—along with ACTA summer interns—in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members, as well as such experts as Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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INTERNSHIPS

ACTA Internship Programs

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni seeks accomplished, high-energy undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with excellent research and communication abilities to apply for spring, summer, and fall internships.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. 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 a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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 a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

In 2015, ACTA celebrated 20 years of working to improve America's system of higher education. Watch Temperate Radicals: 20 Years Fighting for Higher Education Reform to learn more about our work.

For further information about ACTA,
please see our Q&A brochure.

 

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

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Vice President of Policy and Programs

The Vice President of Policy and Programs is charged with increasing ACTA’s impact as an organization by developing and overseeing ACTA’s publications and public presentations while maintaining the utmost quality and accuracy; maximizing the effectiveness of ACTA’s materials by working closely with trustees, alumni, and policymakers on behalf of higher education reform; expanding ACTA’s exposure through written and broadcast media; and assisting with fundraising. The Vice President of Policy and Programs works with the President to develop and implement strategies for the advancement of ACTA’s mission.

The Vice President of Policy and Programs oversees the content of all programmatic materials, including its series of reports, guides, reports, podcasts, and videos. He or she also has oversight responsibility for ensuring appropriate follow-up with and assistance to ACTA constituents. The goal of these efforts is to turn ACTA’s existing and future assets and policy proposals into concrete higher education reform.

In keeping with these responsibilities, the Vice President of Policy and Programs shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Approving and overseeing on the President’s behalf content of all programmatic initiatives, including, but not limited to, reports and guides, correspondence with universities and policymakers, media materials, conferences, and, in collaboration with the Vice President for Curricular Improvement and Academic Outreach, WhatWillTheyLearn.com;
  • Contributing to the research and writing of key papers and overseeing staff and consultant products;
  • Responding, in collaboration with the Vice President for Trustee and Legislative Affairs, to inquiries from higher education decision-makers, especially trustees;
  • Reaching out to promising policymakers—including state legislators and governors—proactively on behalf of ACTA;
  • Working closely with the Communications Department and representing ACTA in the media and at conferences and other events;
  • Writing and editing op-eds;
  • Oversight and mentoring of program staff;
  • Providing input to the President and Director of Development on ACTA’s development activities and strategic partnerships, and making occasional donor calls and visits, as appropriate; and
  • Advising the President on strategic initiatives such as the Fund for Academic Renewal and accreditation reform.

It is anticipated that the Vice President of Policy should spend most of his or her time overseeing ACTA’s policy output and significant time working directly with constituents by telephone and in person, as well as assisting with fundraising. He or she will report to the President (who has overall responsibility for the organization), working closely with the Sr. Vice President (who is the chief financial and operations officer of the organization and oversees the production of publications), the Vice President of Trustee and Legislative Affairs, the Vice President of Curricular Improvement and Academic Outreach, and the Director of Development (who oversees fundraising efforts and donor relations).

In accomplishing all tasks, the Vice President of Policy and Programs should take care to foster and develop the confidence of donors and colleagues. He or she must also approach his or her duties as an entrepreneurial enterprise requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s future program plans. He or she is expected to be collegial, dynamic, well-organized, highly motivated, and principled.

This is a senior-level appointment. Candidates for the position should have extensive experience in higher education policy and administration and a record of significant achievement. An advanced academic degree is highly desirable for this position.

ACTA would like to fill the position at the earliest opportunity; those interested in being considered should send a resume and a cover letter with a full description of background, experience, and achievements, as well as a salary history over the last five years to info@goacta.org.

Executive Administrative Assistant

The Executive Administrative Assistant advances ACTA’s mission of empowering alumni and trustees on behalf of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability in higher education by helping ACTA constituents, assisting the Administrative Director with general office operations, and providing support to the Senior Vice President and President.

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serving as liaison with ACTA’s Board of Directors and Council of Scholars, including preparation and organization of board meetings.
  • Providing logistical support to the Senior Vice President for operational needs regarding accounting and yearly audit.
  • Performing bookkeeping tasks.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President with state and federal regulatory compliance.
  • Providing support for special projects and events for ACTA constituents.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President and Administrative Director with planning ACTA’s annual conference event.
  • Updating specific sections of ACTA’s website and managing online presence for ACTA events through Eventbrite.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President and Administrative Director in training and prepping new employees, in coordination with the department heads.
  • Maintaining calendars and arranging meetings and appointments for President and Senior Vice President.
  • Making travel arrangements for President and Senior Vice President.
  • Undertaking general office upkeep such as cleanliness, organization, filing, supplies, etc.

The Executive Administrative Assistant should have exemplary time management and planning skills, an excellent understanding of MS Office, the ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload, and superior verbal and written communication skills. Some bookkeeping experience is a plus.

The Executive Administrative Assistant receives day-to-day supervision from the Senior Vice President. He/she must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. He or she is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, as well as to exhibit the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

A four-year degree is required. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lauri Kempson at info@goacta.org.

Program Officer, Trustee Affairs

The Program Officer for Trustee Affairs advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs in maintaining ACTA’s national network of trustees and improving ACTA’s communications with those trustees.

Specifically, the Program Officer performs the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with communications and outreach to trustees, governors, policymakers, and related constituent groups, including responding to resource requests and research questions.
  • Cultivating ACTA’s existing relationships with trustees, elected officials, and other higher education stakeholders; at times serving as primary point of contact for ACTA’s constituents.
  • Ensuring quality control of ACTA’s database of college and university trustees; overseeing database work of trustee affairs program associate, interns, and outside contractors.
  • Writing and research related to issues regarding trustees and higher education policy.
  • Providing editing and research support for trustee publications, as well as assisting in the coordination of resources for publications.
  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with the organization and production of trustee events.
  • Contributing to other writing and research projects as appropriate.

The Program Officer must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. The Program Officer is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, and to act with the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Nick Barden: info@goacta.org.

Program Associate, Development

The Program Associate for Development will advance ACTA’s mission of promoting academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by supporting ACTA’s relationships with a broad range of individual and foundation donors. The Program Associate must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise. An ability to prioritize tasks, respond to requests on short notice, and keep track of multiple projects is essential. The Program Associate for Development reports to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities include:

Taking primary responsibility for the prompt and accurate recording and acknowledgment of contributions and donor correspondence.

  • Supporting the Director of Development in the drafting, editing, and distribution of development proposals and foundation grant applications, as well as reporting to foundations on ACTA’s use of funds and project or program progress.
  • Researching current and prospective individual and foundation donors.
  • Conducting trend analyses and year-over-year comparisons of ACTA’s donations to determine the success of development mailings, donor retention rate, and real growth.
  • Assisting with fundraising letters and targeted informational mailings to donors.
  • Assisting with preparations for donor events and meetings, including ACTA’s annual conference and gala.
  • Interacting with donors and other ACTA constituents over the phone and in person.
  • Executing other research assignments and tasks on short notice in a fast-paced setting.

The Program Associate is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, detail oriented, and principled. The highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty is expected.

Salary based on experience and qualifications

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Nick Barden: info@goacta.org.

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