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

College in Crisis: What’s Wrong with Higher Education?

October 2013by ACTA |  

This video synopsis of the What Will They Learn? study of core curricula at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country reveals information...

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Substance Abuse on Campus

February 2012by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |  

Get the facts about what's going on at campuses across the country and how universities' failure to emphasize their academic mission has created a vacuum that...

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What Will They Learn? 2016-17

September 2016by ACTA |  

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the seventh edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. Early this year, in a Gallup survey of...

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Press

What to Tell This Year’s Graduates About Life

National Review
May 4, 2017 |

In late 1941, during the most difficult months of World War II, when the outcome was still very much in doubt, Winston Churchill delivered a speech at the...

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The Ugly Truth of March Madness

U.S. News & World Report
March 13, 2017 |

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...

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The Campus Kangaroo Courts

City Journal
February 24, 2017 by 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...

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