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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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.

Kennesaw State Scores at Top in U.S. Curriculum Study for Seventh Consecutive Year

Metro Atlanta CEO
November 14, 2017 by Robert S. Godlewski |

Kennesaw State University is among a select group of 24 colleges and universities that scored an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum in a nationwide study on the state of general education released...

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Survey: Colleges Failing To Require Core Requirements

On Campus, WGBH
November 14, 2017 by Kirk Carapezza |

A new report released Tuesday criticizes New England colleges for being lax on core requirements like history and foreign languages.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni's latest survey calls out...

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Civics education in schools needs reboot

Columbus Dispatch
November 7, 2017 by Jim Simon |

How can we improve "civics literacy" in America?

There are "loud" crises, such as wars and economic recessions, and there are "quiet" ones, such as declines in voting rates.

For several decades, what...

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America flunks freshman comp, putting our democracy at risk

November 4, 2017 by David Masciotra |

It happens every semester. I’m sitting at home, tempted to jump head first out the window as I grade papers from my college freshmen writing course. One student has cited a Facebook meme as evidence to...

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Headlines reflect woeful failings of civic education

November 3, 2017 by Andrea Neal |

James Madison and the Founding Fathers believed an informed citizenry was the chief protection of the republican government they had created. Madison stated, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And...

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Guest Column: Understanding civics critical for our democracy

New Castle News
November 2, 2017 by Hon. Chris Sainato |

As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Committee, it is often disappointing to hear from teachers and professors that our younger generation lacks basic civic...

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Universities abandon core curricula, offer ‘thin and patchy education,’ survey finds

The College Fix
October 26, 2017 by Sophia Buono |

A recent national survey found that a genuine, well-rounded college education is a thing of the past at many colleges and universities. Instead, most institutions offer a patchwork of niche grad...

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The Constitution, free speech and college campuses

Washington Times
October 25, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

It might have been too much to hope that after the tumultuous 2016 election, our nation’s discourse would simmer down and that cooler heads would prevail. Of course, political rhetoric will ebb and flow...

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Colleges waste millions on bloated bureaucracies

Washington Examiner
October 23, 2017 by Tom Rogan |

We are wasting too much money on college administration costs.

That's my takeway from a July 2017 report, How much is too much, by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. That report, which I found...

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Connecticut to possibly consolidate community colleges

Education Dive
October 20, 2017 by Pat Donachie |

Dive Brief:

  • The head of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is considering consolidation of the state's 12 community colleges under a single system, reports WNPR. President Mark Ojakian says...
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How much will Iowa State’s next president be paid? (More than the last one, most likely)

Des Moines Register
October 20, 2017 by Kathy Bolten |

Exactly who will be named Monday as Iowa State University's newest president is anyone's guess. But one thing is likely — whoever it is will get paid more than their predecessors.

And the contract will...

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Does liberal arts education have an image problem?

Times Higher Education
October 19, 2017 by Ellie Bothwell |

"The level of academic integrity is superb. [It is] constantly challenging and forcing you to think outside of the box.”

“The professors really care about teaching me to think critically.”

“It would be...

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Letter to the Editor: NIU expenses and reserves misrepresented

Northern Star
October 19, 2017 by Lisa Freeman |

As the President and Chief Academic Officer of NIU, we value financial transparency and responsible stewardship of public funds. In this context, we want to comment on the information presented in...

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Are American institutions advancing the core curriculum?

Education Dive
October 18, 2017 by Pat Donachie |

The overwhelming majority of American colleges and universities do not require students in their freshmen year to take general core classes prior to selecting a major, according to a new report from the...

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It’s the civic duty of all citizens to learn about their local officials

The Badger Herald
October 17, 2017 by Lucas Johnson |

Maintaining a working knowledge of how local government functions is crucial. It should be a priority of all citizens to understand the basic functions of government officials, so as to provide context as...

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In Memoriam: Joseph Fulcher

October 16, 2017 by Karen Hyman