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’s a Parent to Do?

How to Help Your Child Select the Right College
August 2017 by Anne D. Neal |

"This book will help you pry the truth out from the imagery. It will help you ask the right questions and it will make you think about what you want t do with...

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College accreditation goes rogue: Another unaccountable system

February 2017 by Anne D. Neal |

Should federal agents be allowed to bully governors and interfere in state law and governance of colleges and universities? Absolutely not, but that’s exactly...

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Anne D. Neal’s Statement on Final Clubs

May 2016 by Anne D. Neal |

Harvard University’s decision to penalize students who join single-sex clubs off campus violates the most basic principles of freedom of association and marks...

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As I See It: A need for academic leadership

April 2016 by Anne D. Neal |

Harvard President Drew Faust gave a speech at West Point recently underscoring the vital role the humanities play in forming effective leaders. She singled out...

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What Students Should Have Heard

Recent events on college campuses have prompted college leaders to pledge much to their students. Here is what students needed to hear.
December 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Dear Campus Community:

In recent days, we have heard many voices on and off campus. We have listened to concerns about the campus culture and curriculum....

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Committing to Academic Freedom

September 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Last week, American University's faculty asserted the academic freedom that was once a central value of our colleges and universities is now under almost...

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ACTA President Anne D. Neal’s Statement on New University of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld

September 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Higher education is facing many challenges and institutions wedded to the status quo will have a bleak future.  Governance for a new era requires boards to...

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Trustees Need Training, and They Need to Take Charge of It!

August 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Colleges and universities are complex operations—often with billion-dollar budgets. The stakes are high: what happens on our campuses affects not only...

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ACTA Testifies Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

May 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA has repeatedly documented that the system of higher education accreditation is a barrier to innovation, improvement, and accountability at colleges and...

Fighting for Civic Empowerment

May 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA President Anne Neal accepts the prestigious Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship from the Heritage Foundation.

Anne Neal: UT a case study in the need for trustee governance

May 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

It’s easy to suggest that the governance struggle at the University of Texas is unique, full of outsize personalities and intrigue. But the issues of trustee...

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Better Quality Control for Colleges

College accreditation has proved a regulatory failure by almost any measure.
February 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Higher education is suffering from a crisis in quality and cost, but the Obama administration is profoundly wrong in thinking that a new federal rating...

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Admissions process demands integrity

February 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

Admission to a university should not be for sale, and University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers certainly betrayed the public trust when he used...

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Letters: When the ‘Outs’ Become More Popular Than the ‘Ins’

Originally, the out-of-state fee was levied to discourage the enrollment of students from out-of-state.
October 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

It’s sad that colleges, especially flagships, are balancing budgets on the backs of students—and out-of-state students have particularly sturdy backs. But...

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Political Correctness and the Problems for Academic Freedom

October 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA President Anne Neal delivers a talk to the City Club of Cleveland on the threat political correctness poses to the principle of academic freedom.

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