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.

Electorally Illiterate: Poll Finds Troubling Lack of Knowledge about Elections and the Economy

GfK survey reveals large gaps in basic electoral and economic knowledge; more than one in four unable to identify VP candidate Tim Kaine
October 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—Days before Americans cast their ballots, a new surveyContinue Reading >>

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 Liberal… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Survey: Weak Course Requirements the Norm at Most Liberal Arts Programs Nationwide

What Will They Learn? survey finds two-thirds of U.S. colleges get low marks for core requirements, leaving students poorly-prepared for career
September 2016 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released the 8th edition of its signature What… Continue Reading >>

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’… Continue Reading >>

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 undergraduate… Continue Reading >>

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.… Continue Reading >>

Temperate Radicals

2015 Annual Report
March 2016 by ACTA |

In 2015, ACTA celebrated 20 years of hard-charging higher education reform. And what a story we have to tell. Once a lone voice in the wilderness, ACTA is now… Continue Reading >>

A Crisis in Civic Education

January 2016 by ACTA |

The Founders admonished that informed, engaged citizens would be the indispensable guardian of our liberty. ACTA’s surveys, however, administered over the… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement: Trustees Need to Protect Free Speech and the Rule of Law

November 2015 by ACTA |

Racism has been a cancer within American society and its consequences must be addressed. The American university should rightly be at the forefront of that discussionContinue Reading >>

ACTA’s Statement on Penn State Trustees’ Access to Freeh Report

November 2015 by ACTA |

Obtaining information for appropriate oversight is indeed a trustee right. At the same time, handling sensitive information in… Continue Reading >>

Alumni for Yale’s Future Urge Their Alma Mater to Uphold Free Speech

November 2015 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Alumni for Yale’s Future sent a letter to the Yale Corporation, urging the university to adhere to the principles of free speech… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2015-16

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2015 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Named a Sunmark Foundation “Preferred Partner”!

June 2015 by ACTA |

Once again, ACTA has been named a Sunmark Foundation "Preferred Partner"! This is the second consecutive year that the St. Louis-based Sunmark Foundation has… Continue Reading >>

The Unkindest Cut

Shakespeare in Exile 2015
April 2015 by ACTA |

Read and admired throughout the world, Shakespeare’s plays and poetry have been the guiding light of statesmen, of authors, and of artists. His writings… Continue Reading >>

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