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.

In Memoriam: Jim Rees

September 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

A gap of mind and heart. That is what Jim Rees called the tragic disconnect between “George Washington and the American people.” Citing ACTA’s… Continue Reading >>

The Role of University Trustees

July 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

Re “Deal Allows University of Texas President to Keep Job for Now” (news article, July 10):

In the case involving the president of the University… Continue Reading >>

Statement of Anne D. Neal before NACIQI

June 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA President Anne D. Neal delivered this statement before the National Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity prior to recusing herself from its… Continue Reading >>

Paralyzed by the ‘Heckler’s Veto’

May 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

It’s no wonder that public confidence in our colleges and universities is dropping—and dropping rapidly. Colleges across the country are surrendering… Continue Reading >>

Reform Virginia’s flagship university doesn’t need

May 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

The University of Virginia has a problem.

It's not just that the university founded by Thomas Jefferson allows students to graduate without a single… Continue Reading >>

Rescinding an Honor for an Anti-Islam Activist

April 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

Re “Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Rights Advocate, a Critic of Islam” (news article, April 9):

Justice Louis D. Brandeis… Continue Reading >>

Remember George Washington on his 282nd birthday

February 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

Saturday marks George Washington's 282nd birthday, and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is urging communities across America to celebrate this milestone.… Continue Reading >>

Elite Colleges More Sizzle than Substance

January 2014 by Anne D. Neal |

Recent studies say two things about the liberal arts. They're very important...and they're Continue Reading >>

Legislature’s targeting of trustee at UT is off the mark

Regents' role should remain one that asks the tough questions
November 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall may not be a perfect trustee, but his work on behalf of the people of Texas deserves support—not impeachment.

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Will Hopkins respect its donor’s wishes?

Dispute over development of land in Montgomery County is just one example of a university ignoring what a donor wants
October 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

Donors give billions of dollars every year to higher education, and, in many ways, they are the lifeblood of our colleges and universities. When it comes to… Continue Reading >>

A public university needs a publicly appointed board

October 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

Virginians should be mighty uneasy that a group of wealthy New York City financiers wants control of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors—all… Continue Reading >>

Four Ways to Improve Higher Education

October 2013 by Anne D. Neal William Gonch |

America's colleges and universities are in crisis. They cost far too much: America spends thousands more per post-secondary student than any other OECD nation.… Continue Reading >>

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