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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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ACTA's publications, press releases and public advocacy for academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities reach a wide audience and have been cited by national newspapers, television commentators, and by state and federal government, including Congress and the President of the United States.

Build, Baby, Build: Higher Ed Funders Keep the Spigot Open for Construction Projects

Inside Philanthropy
February 20, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
Last December, I asked, “Is there a limit to alumni support for tuition-busting construction projects?” Two months later, we received an answer courtesy of the Council for Advancement and Support… Continue Reading >>

Why Is SUNY—Binghamton Building A $60 Million Baseball Stadium With Donor Funds?

February 14, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Louisiana State University, whose president laments the decline in public funding for higher education, has a $1.5M lazy river forming the letters “LSU.” The University of Central Florida has the… Continue Reading >>

Don’t attend (or donate to) a college that restricts free expression

The Hill
January 29, 2020 by Jeffrey M. McCall |
High school seniors are wrapping up college admissions applications ahead of the approaching Feb. 1 deadline for most institutions. These applicants will decide where to matriculate based on many factors, including… Continue Reading >>

More Trustees Fear for the Future

Inside Higher Ed
January 29, 2020 by Rick Seltzer |
Trustees have grown significantly more concerned about the future of higher education in the last year, according to new polling released today that points to financial sustainability and the prices students… Continue Reading >>

Lessons on legacy giving from the Sherlock Hibbs endowment

Philanthropy Daily
January 27, 2020 by Emily Koons Jae |
After a six-month legal battle, the University of Missouri and Hillsdale College have ended a dispute with an anti-climactic resolution. The two institutions agreed to split a gift that Sherlock Hibbs gave… Continue Reading >>

UMS Board of Trustees to Vote on One University Initiative

The Farmington Flyer
January 27, 2020 by Darby Murnane |
On Jan. 26 and 27, the University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees will convene on the UMaine campus in Orono to vote on whether or not UMS will transition to a unified accreditation, rather than function… Continue Reading >>

How Diversity Screening At The University Of California Could Degrade Faculty Quality

January 21, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Could Albert Einstein get a job today at the University of California–Berkeley? Or Enrico Fermi, or Robert Oppenheimer, or John von Neumann? With the University of California’s (UC) experiments… Continue Reading >>

Alumni Donors are Fueling the Student “Debt Spiral.” It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Inside Philanthropy
January 21, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
As the student debt crisis approaches $1.6 trillion, tuition increases continue to outpace inflation and healthcare costs. The perfect storm of drivers includes misdirected federal student financial aid policies,… Continue Reading >>

Mizzou gives millions to conservative college to end lawsuit over donor’s instructions

The College Fix
December 26, 2019 by Troy Sargent |
A cautionary tale to higher education donors’ considering a legacy gift Hillsdale College is well known for not taking government money. Last week the Michigan private school got a new reputation, by… Continue Reading >>

How Colleges Can Take Us To The Better Angels Of Our Nature

December 23, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot… Continue Reading >>

Capital Risks: Is There a Limit to Alumni Support for Tuition-Busting Construction Projects?

Inside Philanthropy
December 9, 2019 by Mike Scutari |
News out of Cedar Falls, Iowa underscores the complex dilemma facing fundraisers and administrators at schools grappling with dwindling enrollment, tepid public funding, and escalating tuition. In July, the… Continue Reading >>

California Higher Education Hangs in the Balance as UC, Cal State Search for New Leaders

Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2019 by Teresa Watanabe & Nina Agrawal |
In a rare confluence that will shape the future of California higher education, the state’s two top university jobs are open, high-profile vacancies that position its leaders as national pacesetters because… Continue Reading >>

In Restoring Civics, Start with the Basics

American Greatness
November 27, 2019 by Robert Holland |
In a bit of good news for this Thanksgiving, it appears that many would-be shapers of education policy are plugging for the return of civics to the curricula of schools and colleges. The bad news is that many… Continue Reading >>

IU professor says the university can’t fire him. He’s right. Here’s why.

Indianapolis Star
November 26, 2019 by Arika Herron |
The words “Fire Eric Rasmusen” were painted on an Indiana University bridge, but experts say the controversial professor’s job is likely safe. Rasmusen, a tenured professor of business economics… Continue Reading >>

Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?

November 22, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
For $73,000 per year, top students with SAT scores well north of 1,500 count themselves lucky to be accepted by Williams College. There, however, despite the chilly Massachusetts climate, they are in danger… Continue Reading >>
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The Definition of a Liberal Arts Education

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In Memoriam: Clayton Christensen

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