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.

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 >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 marketplace… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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