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.

Churchill, Roosevelt and the “Special Relationship”

May 22, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Ted Eismeier |

For two and a half centuries, the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain has had enormous influence on the world stage. It has endured and even thrived through the great...

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Trustee Guide Acts as Playbook for Institution Innovation

Campus Technology
May 17, 2017 by Dian Schaffhauser |

For American colleges and universities to remain robust, they need to seek out "bold, dynamic innovation," according to a new report issued by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The 48-page...

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Sowing the Seeds of Academic Renewal

Law and Liberty
May 16, 2017 by Lauren Weiner |

Does this graduation season bring any good news from the American campus—any deviation from higher ed’s slide into politically correct incivility and closed-mindedness? A few cheering, or at least not...

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Trustees group encourages board members to be more proactive in sustaining higher ed

Education Dive
May 5, 2017 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Dive Brief:

  • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Thursday released a new guidebook encouraging boards to "be proactive in their role" to promote "a fiscally sustainable model for maintaining...
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What to Tell This Year’s Graduates About Life

National Review
May 4, 2017 by James Piereson & Naomi Schaefer Riley |

In late 1941, during the most difficult months of World War II, when the outcome was still very much in doubt, Winston Churchill delivered a speech at the Harrow School in which he advised the graduating...

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A ‘Playbook For Trustees’ Highlights Innovative Practices for Campus Change Initiatives

May 4, 2017 |

A GUIDE FOR TRUSTEES: Eighty-nine percent of Americans think higher education must change in order to meet the needs of today’s students, according to a study by the Lumina Foundation. To encourage more...

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J-Schools Dump Accreditor

Inside Higher Ed
May 3, 2017 by Paul Fain |

Accrediting agencies are facing intense scrutiny from academics, policy makers and the general public, with the latest salvo being the decision by Northwestern University’s school of journalism and...

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Civics education requirements shouldn’t be history

Washington Post
April 28, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In his April 22 op-ed, “We’re not teaching the A-B-C’s of civics. That’s a problem,” Colbert I. King correctly pointed to civic illiteracy as a great and growing danger to American democracy. Rather than...

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The American Founders Knew A Virtuous Republic Requires Virtuous People

The Federalist
April 28, 2017 by Michael Sabo |

“Does this nation in its maturity still cherish the faith in which it was conceived and raised? Does it still hold those ‘truths to be self-evident’?”

This is the pivotal question the political...

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Coulter Changes Course

Inside Higher Ed
April 27, 2017 by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf |

After days of insisting otherwise, Ann Coulter will not speak at the University of California, Berkeley, campus Thursday, the latest development in a now national controversy over the balance between free...

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Cuomo’s ‘Free College’ Gambit Exacts a Heavy Price

April 25, 2017 by Robert Holland |

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may figure that becoming the first governor to champion and sign “free four-year college” legislation will give him a campaign slogan sure to appeal to fans of the socialist...

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Failing the Civics Test, Coast to Coast

National Review
April 20, 2017 by Grant Addison |

ast week, lawmakers in Oregon proposed a bill that would require all public-school students in the state to pass the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test before receiving their high-school...

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Wellesley College student newspaper ignites free-speech debate

Boston Globe
April 18, 2017 by Michael Levenson |

An editorial in the Wellesley College student newspaper that called for “shutting down” some forms of hateful rhetoric became the latest flashpoint in a contentious national debate over free speech and...

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Demanding Access to Trustees

Inside Higher Ed
April 14, 2017 by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf |

Amid a heated political climate that has bled onto college campuses nationwide, students at Davidson College, a private liberal arts institution in North Carolina, have demanded easier access to the...

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The decline of history at schools is furthering the SJW madness

Calgary Sun
April 9, 2017 by Anthony Furey |

The ongoing saga of University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson’s opposition to calling students by gender neutral pronouns should never have become much of a story in the first place.

But the social...

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