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.

With Boost From the Great Books, Columbia Prof Helps Poor Students Go to College

August 2014 by William Gonch |

How do you encourage high school students from disadvantaged families to go to college—and complete it? Get them excited about great books and great ideas.

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A Trustee for Academic Freedom

April 2014 by William Gonch |

Kudos to University of Minnesota regent Laura Brod, who stood up for free speech on campus.

At issue was former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who… Continue Reading >>

Purdue, Du Bois, and Freshman Comp

March 2014 by William Gonch |

Get ready for your wonky-but-important factoid of the day: Purdue University in Indiana has Continue Reading >>

North Carolina Board Holds Down Costs

February 2014 by William Gonch |

The News & Record has a good overview of cost… Continue Reading >>

The Iron Triangle of Higher Ed

January 2014 by William Gonch |

Declaring bankruptcy is almost never an option to gain forgiveness for student loans. The law allows for only a very small number of extreme hardships situations.

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The Right Decision from Harvard

October 2013 by William Gonch |

Well done, Harvard! America’s oldest university will not… 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 >>

Shared Governance or Paralysis?

October 2013 by William Gonch |

What exactly is shared governance? That's a question being asked and—we can only hope—soon answered in the matter of California’s 112 community… Continue Reading >>

How Does It Feel to be On Your Own…With $100,000 in Student Debt?

August 2013 by William Gonch |

The student loan crisis has shaped the experience of the entire Millennial generation. We can see that not just in the numbers, but in the expanding coverage… Continue Reading >>

ABA Moves to Loosen Tenure Requirements

August 2013 by William Gonch |

It seems that even the ABA can read the writing on the wall. The law school accreditor currently requires tenure or tenure-like conditions for full-time teaching… Continue Reading >>

Citizenship and the Humanities

August 2013 by William Gonch |

In a democratic republic the people are not just doctors, carpenters, journalists, or investment bankers. They are also citizens. And to do the work of citizens,… Continue Reading >>

College Grads: Too Poor to be Nuns

July 2013 by William Gonch |

College Grads: Too Poor to Be Nuns

Naomi Schaefer Riley reports on a young woman trying to pay down her student loans…so… Continue Reading >>

New Funds and New Accountability for Public Higher Ed

July 2013 by William Gonch |

What happens when you combine straining state budgets, families struggling to afford college, and trustees at cash-strapped public universities?

Actually,… Continue Reading >>

Let’s Have Better Data on Student Loan Defaults

July 2013 by William Gonch |

Want to know whether a school is a good investment?

Good luck.

You face a great many challenges—not least among them figuring out whether… Continue Reading >>

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