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.

For students and their families, choosing a college or university to attend is a pivotal decision.

In a Roper survey commissioned by ACTA, seven out of ten Americans agreed that colleges and universities should require all students to take basic classes in core subjects such as writing, math, science, economics, U.S. history, and foreign language. And with the average person changing jobs as many as 11 times during his or her first decades of employment, it is now more important than ever that prospective students know which colleges offer a well-balanced liberal arts education. In the same poll, the public said institutions of higher learning are doing only a fair or poor job of preparing students for the job market.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

What Will They Learn?™ — A guide to what college rankings don’t tell you

The search for the right college can be overwhelming. There is one thing other rankings won't tell you: which universities are making sure their students learn what they need to know. This free resource, WhatWillTheyLearn.com, does tell you, focusing on seven key areas of knowledge. It's designed to help you decide whether the colleges you're considering prepare their graduates to succeed after graduation.

Strengthening Core Requirements

ACTA’s efforts to strengthen core curricula around the nation do not end with providing information to students, parents, higher education leadership, and policymakers. We also provide technical advice and support to institutions seeking to strengthen their core requirements. Through campus presentations and letters to governing boards, ACTA helps institutions understand how to make the changes that build a vibrant general education program.

Information on Campus Life

College students need a campus where the mind and character can grow. ACTA provides information and guidance for parents and students on this crucial aspect of college life. Through our brochure Substance Abuse on Campus, ACTA sounds the alarm about a threat to student safety and well-being that injures and kills thousands of college students each year. ACTA has also taken up the issue of residential life programs that invade the privacy of students on sensitive social and personal matters. In Trouble in the Dorms, ACTA describes a particularly intrusive program at the University of Delaware and others like it, informing college bound students and parents about what to ask as they consider their options for college.

Our Initiatives

Resources

What Will They Learn? 2017-18

October 2017 |  

The idealism of the information age has given way to serious concerns about the proliferation of misinformation, which travels faster than you can say “retweet.”… Continue Reading >>

What’s a Parent to Do?

August 2017 |  

"This book will help you pry the truth out from the imagery. It will help you ask the right questions and it will make you think about what you want t do with… Continue Reading >>

Substance Abuse on Campus

February 2012 |  

Get the facts about what's going on at campuses across the country and how universities' failure to emphasize their academic mission has created… Continue Reading >>

Press

Does liberal arts education have an image problem?

Times Higher Education
October 19, 2017 by Ellie Bothwell |

"The level of academic integrity is superb. [It is] constantly challenging and forcing you to think outside of the box.”

“The professors really… Continue Reading >>

The Ugly Truth of March Madness

U.S. News & World Report
March 13, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Alexis Zhang |

With the official tip-off of March Madness this week, tales of Cinderella stories and thrilling comebacks abound. But beneath the annual spectacle of the NCAA… Continue Reading >>

The Campus Kangaroo Courts

City Journal
February 24, 2017 Michael Poliakoff |

Sexual violence is a crime that merits prosecution with the full force of law. But a new book by Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor… Continue Reading >>