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.

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 Praises UVA Board of Visitors’ Effort to Curb Tuition Rates

November 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—On Thursday, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) praised the University of Virginia Board of Visitors for pursuing options that...

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Electoral & Economic Literacy Survey

October 2016 by ACTA |

Just in time for the 2016 general election, ACTA released a survey that shows that many Americans lack the basic knowledge they need to participate in the most...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson to Receive Award at Annual Higher Education Conference

Higher education reform group presents human rights advocate and distinguished historian with 2016 Philip Merrill Award
October 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) will present the 12th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to...

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What Will They Learn? 2016-17

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
September 2016 by 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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New Survey Finds Weak Liberal Arts Requirements at Two-Thirds of Colleges and Universities

American Council of Trustees and Alumni set to release report card on the state of general education across 1,100 colleges and universities
September 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC — No U.S. history? No government, economics, math or science? “No problem,” many colleges say, according to the latest survey of core...

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ACTA Raises Concern Over Restricting Trustee Speech and Debate

Penn State’s Board “Expectations” Suggest a Chilling Effect on Free Speech and Oversight
September 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC— The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today expressed concern about Pennsylvania State University’s Board of Trustees’ vote to...

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ACTA Applauds the University of Chicago’s Bold Leadership on Academic Freedom

September 2016 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today praised the University of Chicago for its commitment to free speech and academic freedom. Chicago’s...

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ACTA Statement: Association of Governing Boards Shows True Colors

Opposes Trustee Vigilance
July 2016 by ACTA |

Whose side is AGB—the Association of Governing Boards—on? One would think that an organization with that name would be in favor of empowered trustees. But...

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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger

A Future President’s History Lessons

July 4, 2017 by Rushad Thomas

Keeping Track of Colleges—and Students

June 29, 2017 by Rushad Thomas