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.

How California is dumbing down our democracy

Washington Post
April 18, 2019 by Max Boot |
Only 36 percent of Americans could pass a multiple-choice civics test of the kind that is administered to immigrants seeking to become citizens. Sixty percent don’t know which countries the United States… Continue Reading >>

Tough Love from Funders as Radical Colleges Flunk Traditional Financing Model

Inside Philanthropy
April 16, 2019 by Erik D'Amato |
Next year was supposed to be a happy one for Hampshire College, with the small but high-profile liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts set to mark the half-century since it welcomed its first class in… Continue Reading >>

Former Hillsdale professor assists in crafting South Dakota free speech law

Hillsdale Collegian
April 9, 2019 by Brooke Conrad |
Earlier this year, the University of South Dakota School of Law forced a group of students to change the name of its “Hawaiian Day” social to “Beach Day,” citing a complaint about cultural… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the editor: In response to regents’ reaction

Minnesota Daily
April 8, 2019 by Erik Gross |
If the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has concerns regarding the objectivity and content of the report by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History, it is the Board’s… Continue Reading >>

Experts urge caution as Florida lawmakers push to make college president searches more secret

Tampa Bay Times
April 8, 2019 by Lawrence Mower and Megan Reeves |
TALLAHASSEE — On the heels of a presidential search at the University of South Florida that is still drawing criticism for lacking transparency, state lawmakers are looking to greenlight even more secrecy.… Continue Reading >>

Online, small-group feedback dominates LeBlanc’s community review

The GW Hatchet
April 4, 2019 by Meredith Roaten |
Only a handful of staff, faculty and students attended forums last week to offer feedback on University President Thomas LeBlanc’s job performance, but officials said they are continuing to solicit feedback… Continue Reading >>

Rewriting the history textbooks: An assault on history and our common past

Communities Digital News
March 27, 2019 by Allan C. Brownfield |
The assault on American history has been growing for many years. Consider the treatment of George Washington. The first president of the United States is disappearing from the nation’s schools. Several… Continue Reading >>

Noem, GOP target university ‘political correctness’ with first-of-its-kind diversity, speech law

Argus Leader
March 21, 2019 by Jonathan Ellis |
South Dakota became the first state in the country to pass a law requiring its university system to promote intellectual diversity after Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill into law Wednesday. The measure also bars… Continue Reading >>

Jefferson, Adams, and the Hope of Liberal Education

National Review
March 18, 2019 by Alexander Kahn |
Citizenship in America is in a troubling state. In 2015, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni conducted a survey of college graduates which found that only 28.4 percent could name James Madison as the… Continue Reading >>

Why transparency matters in combating the college cost explosion

Orange County Register
March 18, 2019 by Erik Gross |
We’ve all seen the staggering figures: nationwide, student debt has surpassed credit card debt. Americans owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans, and college tuition has increased at twice the rate… Continue Reading >>

History remains a mystery for far too many Americans

Northwest Herald
March 11, 2019 by Kurt Begalka |
A recent article in “The Federalist” underscored a disturbing educational trend: Students are increasingly ignorant about U.S. history. The sobering statistics disclosed include: • 24 percent… Continue Reading >>

Will Purdue faculty give Daniels the civics literacy test he says campus needs?

Lafayette Journal & Courier
March 5, 2019 by Dave Bangert |
WEST LAFAYETTE – Faculty members assembled in the Purdue Memorial Union’s North Ballroom for two hours Friday morning seemed willing to concede that Purdue President Mitch Daniels probably has a… Continue Reading >>

One Clear Way to Stop College Accreditation Fraud

Minding the Campus
February 22, 2019 by George Leef |
The college accreditation system is supposed to uphold academic quality and integrity. Many Americans assume that if a college or university is accredited, that is equivalent to the Underwriter’s Laboratories… Continue Reading >>

Citizens should know more about the U.S.

The Post and Courier
February 21, 2019 by Editorial Board |
Debates rage daily over basic U.S. civics and history. It turns out that many of us don’t know what we’re talking about. Despite some people’s absolute certainty in their knowledge, a recent… Continue Reading >>

Americans’ ignorance of history is a national scandal

The Washington Post
February 21, 2019 by Max Boot |
Is the study of history becoming, well, history? According to Benjamin Schmidt of Northeastern University, the number of bachelor’s degrees granted in history declined from 34,642 in 2008 to… Continue Reading >>
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What’s Hot in Higher Ed 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 by Erik Gross