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.

White House, and Kushner, Dig Into Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed
August 10, 2018 by Andrew Kreighbaum |
As the Department of Education refines the next phase of its higher education agenda, the White House is apparently weighing in on the new policy direction. The special office headed by Jared Kushner, a senior… Continue Reading >>

Reinvigorating the Liberal Arts Matters More than Free Speech on Campus

National Review
July 28, 2018 by Justin Dyer and Ryan Streeter |
A liberal-arts education prepares students for participation in public life. During an era of “fake news,” post-truth politics, political intolerance, and polarization, various solutions to these… Continue Reading >>

Michigan State trustees are frequent fliers on team road trips

Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2018 by David Jesse |
Less than 24 hours before Larry Nassar stood in an Ingham County courtroom, pleading guilty last November to sexually assaulting seven women, three Michigan State University board members were about 20… Continue Reading >>

U of Illinois Chicago campus to acquire nearby law school

Education Dive
July 23, 2018 by James Paterson |
Dive Brief: The University of Illinois at Chicago Board of Trustees has approved a plan that will allow the institution to acquire a nearby private law school, creating the only public law school in the state, according… Continue Reading >>

Guest Column: A threat to liberty in higher education

Colorado Springs Gazette
July 22, 2018 by Dr. Donald W. Sweeting and Dr. Michael Poliakoff |
A powerful threat to intellectual and religious liberty is afoot. In a region embracing 19 states, including Colorado, colleges and universities are under the authority of a federally empowered agency that… Continue Reading >>

NWA editorial: Celebrate with knowledge

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 5, 2018 |
The fireworks are finished, except for those secret stashes someone will continuing launching or exploding for days to come. Please do your neighbors a favor: Don't. The explosions and dazzling shows of… Continue Reading >>

Editor’s opinion: Well, what do you know?

Houma Today
July 1, 2018 by Keith Magill |
As Fourth of July nears, here’s something to think about. “There is a crisis in American civic education,” the American Council of Trustees and Alumni says in a 2016 report." Survey after… Continue Reading >>

No consensus on how to handle free speech on campuses

Education Dive
June 19, 2018 by James Paterson |
Dive Brief: A lawsuit supported by the U.S. Justice Department against the University of Michigan has drawn fire from the institution, which disputes claims that its “bias response team” was designed… Continue Reading >>

College president says ‘safe spaces serve to advance speech’

The College Fix
June 11, 2018 by Jennifer Kabbany |
The nonpartisan American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently published a report by George Mason University law Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm titled “Building a Culture of Free Expression on the American… Continue Reading >>

Law School Oversight Suits May Point To Needed ABA Reforms

Law360
June 8, 2018 by Emma Cueto |
In the past month, the American Bar Association has been hit with four lawsuits criticizing the way the association accredits and regulates law schools, but while experts are somewhat skeptical about the suits’… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor: Defending Free Speech

Inside Higher Ed
June 6, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
The president of Augustana College would like us to believe that concern about intellectual freedom and freedom of expression is mostly a manufactured crisis. In a recent “Views” article, Steven… Continue Reading >>

To Punish Disrupters, Or Not? New Recommendations To Restore Free Speech On Campus

Forbes
May 31, 2018 by Tom Lindsay |
Just how bad is the state of free speech and debate on America’s campuses? In March 2018, Gallup/Knight looked to answer this question through conducting a survey of more than 3,000 college… Continue Reading >>

Bay Area school, under fire over foreign students, gets warning

The Mercury News
May 28, 2018 by Ethan Baron |
A Bay Area university with strikingly high numbers of foreign students receiving U.S. work permits has been slapped with a warning by its accrediting agency and told to produce more detailed information… Continue Reading >>

Pressure grows on Board of Trustees amid USC gynecologist scandal

Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2018 by Sarah Parvini, Adam Elmahrek, and Paul Pringle |
USC's large and powerful Board of Trustees is coming under growing pressure to provide a stronger hand as the university faces a crisis over misconduct allegations against the campus' longtime gynecologist… Continue Reading >>

The Changing Face of the College Administration

Harvard Crimson
May 23, 2018 by Jonah S. Berger and Yasmin Luthra |
Within the span of just the last decade, Harvard College has seen the creation of an Office of Student Life, a merger of that very office with the Freshman Dean’s Office, the establishment… Continue Reading >>
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