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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Scholars, higher education leaders, and policymakers have contributed to ACTA's library of resources.

Inside Academe Vol. XXIV No. 2

February 2019 by ACTA |

Front Page: ACTA Launches a Dynamic New Website for Trustees. College debt is placing a crushing burden on students and their families and continues to rise… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges UPenn to Improve Free Speech Track Record

February 2019 by ACTA |

Yesterday, ACTA  sent a letter to all members of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania imploring them to revisit the University's… Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Zimmerman: Embracing the Preservation and Exploration of the Past

December 2018 by Erik Gross |

Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education at University of Pennsylvania, sat down with ACTA's Erik Gross to probe the Silent Sam… Continue Reading >>

Chicago Principles Are Gold Standard for Freedom of Expression on Campuses

December 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sigal Ben-Porath’s Inside Higher Ed article, Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2018-19

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
September 2018 by ACTA |

In this 10th edition of its flagship annual survey of college general education curricula, What Will They Learn?, ACTA shines a light on the… Continue Reading >>

Inside Academe Vol. XXIII No. 4

August 2018 by ACTA |

Front Page: Better Angels Counters Polarization on Campus. As the Washington Post reported earlier this year, political scientists from several… Continue Reading >>

Momentum

Restoring the Promise of Higher Education
March 2018 by ACTA |

ACTA has gone from strength to strength in advancing our mission to ensure that American higher education is the finest in the world. We have led schools, from… Continue Reading >>

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 “retweet.”… Continue Reading >>

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 excellence,… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

How Much is Too Much? 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 students,… Continue Reading >> Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 throughout… Continue Reading >>

Leading the Charge

Governors, Higher Education and Accountability
July 2017 by ACTA |

With this new tool, ACTA is working to expand its outreach to governors nationwide on behalf of higher education reform, focusing on key issues of quality, cost,… Continue Reading >>

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