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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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What Will They Learn? 2017-18

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2017 by ACTA |

The idealism of the information age has given way to serious concerns about the proliferation of misinformation, which travels faster than you can say...

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Higher Ed Reform Group Set to Convene Leading Voices on Academic Freedom and Accountability

October roundtable will feature panel discussions with university presidents, scholars, and trustees on changing education models and solutions to campus free speech issues
July 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the leading nonprofit organization advocating for academic freedom, academic...

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Calculating and Cutting Costs: A Q&A on ACTA’s Project on Administrative Costs

July 2017 by ACTA |

Since “The Great Recession,” both public and private colleges have been feeling a financial squeeze. Consequently, reformers are asking important questions...

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How Much is Too Much?

Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight
July 2017 by ACTA |

With recent research from the Institute for Higher Education Policy showing that college is unaffordable for as many as 70% of working- and middle-class...

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New Research Study Urges College Leaders and Trustees to Contain and Cut Administrative Spending

ACTA’s new guide for trustees and researchers provides at-a-glance benchmarks to compare spending on administration
July 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced the latest phase of its Project on Administrative Costs with the release of a new...

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Higher Education Reform Group Welcomes New Chief of Policy and Programs

Former University of Illinois staff member will lead research, policy, and programming for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni
July 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the leading independent nonprofit higher education advocacy organization, announced the...

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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 2017 by Jeremy Willinger |

Increasingly over the last few years, universities have seen a rapid change in how students regard free speech and inquiry. Growing political polarization...

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Fund for Academic Renewal Adds Talent to Its Growing Operation

Former Coolidge Foundation staffer Rushad Thomas will help expand network of donors and faculty supporting liberal arts excellence
June 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, announced today the hiring of Mr. Rushad Thomas...

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Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0

Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding Opportunity
April 2017 by ACTA |

Trustees face complex choices related to costs and efficiency as they navigate new accountability policies, financial headwinds, and a changing global...

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Higher Ed Reform Group Issues New Report on Academic Freedom

While remaining neutral on foreign policy, new report from ACTA details how tactics of BDS movement threaten academic freedom and institutional neutrality
March 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a national higher education reform group, today released a new essay describing how the...

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Campus Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Problem of the BDS Movement

March 2017 by ACTA |

Polarizing political beliefs are nothing new on campus, but the tactics employed by supporters of the BDS movement create new cause for concern, from the...

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Calling to Account

2016 Annual Report
March 2017 by ACTA |

ACTA is turning the tide and calling colleges and universities to account. We are making significant progress in our campaign to make higher education...

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ACTA Senior Fellow Reappointed to Accreditation Advisory Committee

Senior Fellow and Past President Anne D. Neal continues service as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
February 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced that Senior Fellow and former President Anne D. Neal has been reappointed to...

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As CFP National Championship Approaches, Reformers Call for Oversight of College Football Spending

Watchdog group says college football spending is out of control and costing students and taxpayers too much
January 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—As Americans tune in Monday for the College Football Playoff National Championship to watch the Clemson Tigers rematch against the Alabama...

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Report Card: Illinois Colleges and Universities Earn Low Marks for Liberal Arts Requirements

Only two colleges in the Land of Lincoln require U.S. history; three in four get a “C” or worse for weak requirements
December 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—Illinois colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge and career preparation...

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In Memoriam: Joseph Fulcher

October 16, 2017 by Karen Hyman