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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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Best in the West: Private Colleges Out-Perform Publics in Annual Survey

General Education Requirements Suggest Divergent Priorities Between Public and Private Higher Education Institutions
November 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—There is a sharp disparity in the overall academic rigor of public and private universities in western states, according to the latest data… Continue Reading >>

National Survey Shows Weak Standards in Midwestern College Curricula

November 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—There’s room for improvement in Midwestern colleges, according to the latest edition of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s… Continue Reading >>

Southern Colleges Outperform Nation in Curricular Survey

November 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—Southern colleges and universities stand out among other regions for their robust general education curricula, according to the American… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Presents Annual Award to University of Chicago President

President Robert Zimmer Honored with Award Celebrating Excellence in the Liberal Arts
October 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) will present the 13th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions… Continue Reading >>

Academic Standards Weak According to Annual College Survey

ACTA’s Survey of General Education Requirements Shows Need for Improvement
October 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released today its ninth annual survey of college general education curricula, What… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Names New Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Michael Deshaies to Oversee Fundraising Efforts of Higher Ed Watchdog
September 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced today that Michael Deshaies has joined the ranks of higher education reformers… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Praises Department of Education Decision to Revisit Title IX Guidance

September 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today praised the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to replace its current… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Cheers the Modern Language Association’s Decisive Vote Opposing BDS

June 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today offered strong praise for members of the Modern Language Association (MLA), who… Continue Reading >>

Give like Beyoncé—Or Better!

May 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Beyoncé’s recently announced Formation Scholars program signals a new trend… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: John Roderick Wilson

April 2017 by Christine Ravold |

ACTA mourns the loss of John Roderick Wilson, a dear ACTA friend and supporter for the past 15 years.

Mr. Wilson had three careers, each highly successful,… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Leaders Join Drs. Robert George and Cornel West in Defending Free Expression

April 2017 by Christine Ravold |

When Middlebury College greeted Charles Murray, a prominent political scientist and the American Enterprise Institute’s W.H. Brady Scholar, with disruptive… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Condemns Flagrant Violation of Free Speech and Academic Freedom at Middlebury College

Students’ use of “heckler’s veto” and physical violence against a professor demands disciplinary action
March 2017 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) condemned today the actions of students and outside protesters at Middlebury College who… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Congratulates Rep. Virginia Foxx

Incoming Chair of House Committee on Education and the Workforce
December 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) congratulates Representative Virginia Foxx on being named chair of the U.S. House Committee on Education and… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Welcomes Dr. Kenneth Kolson as VP of Policy and Programs

July 2016 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni announced on Wednesday, July 19, that Dr. Kenneth Kolson will become ACTA’s new vice president… Continue Reading >>

More than 2/3 of Top U.S. Colleges Fail to Require History Majors to Take a Course on U.S. History

Only 23 out of 76 programs surveyed require any U.S. history
July 2016 by Christine Ravold |

WASHINGTON, DCLess than one-third of the colleges and universities in the United States annually ranked as the country’s best schools… Continue Reading >>

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