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

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 >>

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 accountable,… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Georgia Colleges Earn High Marks on Annual Liberal Arts Report Card

What Will They Learn? survey finds most Georgia colleges require a strong liberal arts foundation for undergrads
December 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC —Georgia institutions of higher education ranked above average in general education, according to the new What Will They Learn? report… Continue Reading >>

Report Card: Colorado Colleges and Universities Get Rocky Reviews for Graduation Requirements

Most colleges and universities in the Centennial State skimp on core subjects while students pay the price
December 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC —An alarming new report found that students at most schools in the Centennial State can graduate from college without completing courses… Continue Reading >>

Empty State of Mind: Most New York Colleges and Universities Leave Students Underprepared

Report: Two-thirds of New York liberal arts programs get low marks for their lax requirements
November 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON—New York colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge. Because of the weak requirements… Continue Reading >>

California Dreaming: Liberal Arts Requirements Just an Illusion at Most Colleges in the Golden State

Survey finds that more than half of California colleges get low marks for their academic standards
November 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—California colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge and ill-prepared for… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Students Find Strong Liberal Arts Programs

What Will They Learn? survey finds three in five Texas colleges require a strong liberal arts foundation for undergrads
November 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—Texas institutions of higher education ranked above average in general education, according to the new What Will They Learn? report… Continue Reading >>

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…

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