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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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One Student at a Time

A college sophomore’s fresh take on communication and engagement – and the professor who ignited his passion.
January 2018 by Doug Sprei |

When you first meet Erez Binyamin, a lively outgoing computer engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, it’s hard to imagine he was… Continue Reading >>

AGB President: Trustees must play a more active role in higher ed advocacy

January 2018 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Richard D. Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, writing in The Washington Post, calls on trustees to "step… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Dr. Bruce Cole

January 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |

The nation lost a great citizen and leader with the passing of The Honorable Bruce Cole, and ACTA mourns the loss of a friend and inspiring national leader. Dr.… Continue Reading >>

Next in the UT chancellor search: What’s at stake and who might apply

January 2018 by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz |

The next chancellor of the University of Texas System will need quite a skill set: intellectual and administrative chops to oversee 14 academic and… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

January 2018 by Donald Engels |

Why not more 'bird brains' on educational faculties?

An interesting program on PBS aired a few nights ago entitled "Bird Brains." It showed that… Continue Reading >>

House HEA Bill offers ideas that can PROSPER

December 2017 by Doug Sprei |

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today identified for special praise several initiatives of the Higher Education Act Reauthorization… Continue Reading >>

Praise for the New HEA Reauthorization

December 2017 by |

The House Education and Workforce Committee’s new Higher Education Act Reauthorization adopts several important policies that ACTA believes may increase… Continue Reading >>

Of Snowflakes and Tyrants: College students’ behavior must be stopped

December 2017 by Tammy Bruce |

How many conversations have we had with our friends, family and co-workers wondering what happened to the millennials? We expect a new generation to have new… Continue Reading >>

Liberal Arts, Free Expression, and the Demosthenes-Feynman Trap

December 2017 by |

Remarks by Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, upon accepting the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal… Continue Reading >>

Demand for admin pay cuts grows

Fliers, petition ask for reduced salaries to help budget issues
December 2017 by Forrest Holt |

Fliers telling the administration to “Go do your god damn jobs” appeared on campus during the first weekend of December.

“This deficit… Continue Reading >>

Have our colleges failed us?

December 2017 by Ned Jilton II |

Students at Texas Tech University did a project to see what the students there knew about the United States. Sad to say many students couldn’t answer questions… Continue Reading >>

Coming Into the Fold: Why (and How) Trustees Should Participate in Institutional Procurement

November 2017 by Armand Alacbay |

Procurement—the process by which an institution obtains necessary goods and services—is a major part of the financial life of any institution. While… Continue Reading >>

Censorship takes stage on campus

November 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

The censors seem to be out in force lately on the American college campus. November saw Brandeis University cancel the world premiere of a play about Lenny Bruce.… Continue Reading >>

Brains and Brawn: Southern Flagship Schools Dominate On and Off the Field

November 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Megan Reithmiller |

It’s not every season that the most competitive college football programs are also recognized for having some of the best academic programs in the country.… Continue Reading >>

Inside Academe Vol. XXIII No. 1

November 2017 by |

Front Page: ATHENA Roundtable 2017. ACTA’s 2017 ATHENA Roundtable conference, “Restoring Excellence: Ideas that Work for 21st Century College… Continue Reading >>

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