25th Anniversary Celebration

  • Date

    November 13, 2020

  • Time

    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Location

    Library of Congress

    Washington, DC 20540

ACTA will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exciting roster of events, culminating at the storied Library of Congress, which Thomas Jefferson envisioned as a temple of learning for our nation.

Please join us, as we review a quarter century of shared work promoting academic excellence and academic freedom and look ahead to the frontiers before us.

Click here to see a full listing of anniversary events.

Key Moments this Month in ACTA History

ACTA’s Work is Recognized by Congress


U.S. Capitol building

ACTA releases Losing America’s Memory, which reveals that 81% of seniors from the top 55 U.S. colleges and universities failed a high school level history exam; even worse, that none of the institutions surveyed requires a course in American history. The report inspires the House of Representatives unanimously to pass a joint resolution addressing America’s historical amnesia. Introduced by former senators Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) and Slade Gorton (R-WA) and former representatives Thomas E. Petri (R-WI) and George Miller (D-CA), the Concurrent Resolution expressed the “sense of Congress regarding the importance and value of United States history” and called on boards of trustees, college administrators, and state officials to strengthen American history requirements. 

ACTA Holds Top Institutions Accountable for Lax U.S. History Requirements


Lincoln on cover of report

ACTA continues to hold college and universities to account for their lax history requirements, publishing No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major. The report found that less than one-third of the nations leading colleges and universities require students pursuing a degree in history to take a single course in American history. Higher education plays an important role in fostering civic understanding and forging the next generation of public leaders. As ACTA’s President Michael Poliakoff rightly observed: “A democratic republic cannot thrive without well-informed citizens and leaders.”

ACTA Helps Ensure Fiscal Responsibility in the Boardroom


ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance® releases How Much is Too Much? Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight, a groundbreaking guide that provides trustees with national benchmarks for the ratio of administrative spending compared to instructional costs as they evaluate their own institution’s financial priorities. Trustees have a unique responsibility to balance administrative expenditures with the institution’s core mission: teaching and learning. As concerns about the exorbitant cost of attending college continue to grow, this guide helps boards of trustees ensure that their schools are providing the best education at the lowest possible price.


Capitol Hill Hotel, 200 C Street Street, Washington, DC 20003. Single suites are available for celebration attendees at a rate of $229.00/night. Please contact Jordan Thomas at or call (202)467-6787 to reserve your room. All reservations must be made by Monday, October 19.


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