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.

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…

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 >>

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