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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.

​An American past, a global present

Duke Chronicle
February 17, 2017 by Editorial Board |

Earlier this week, an article published in The Chronicle highlighted a report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the subsequent debates regarding the relevance of American history in...

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Amid University Uncertainty, U of L Leaders Cashed Out Big Perks

WFPL
February 16, 2017 by Kate Howard |

All eyes were on the University of Louisville and its foundation last summer.

Its president was ousted and its finances scrutinized. Both boards were hamstrung by turnover and uncertainty. University...

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College accreditation goes rogue: Another unaccountable system

The Hill
February 14, 2017 by Anne D. Neal |

Should federal agents be allowed to bully governors and interfere in state law and governance of colleges and universities? Absolutely not, but that’s exactly what is happening across the country.

In the...

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Should history majors be required to take U.S. history?

Duke Chronicle
February 13, 2017 by Heather Zhou |

A recent study shows that most colleges do not require history majors to take a course in U.S. history—findings that have been met with backlash from some and nonchalance from others. 

According to a...

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How come higher education never came up during the DeVos debate?

Washington Examiner
February 7, 2017 by Eric M. Bledsoe |

Skeptics of new accountability will push back by saying that "colleges are not businesses." They're right. If colleges were businesses, the quality of a bachelor's degree would rise and its price tag...

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Physics Revival at Virginia Union

Inside Higher Ed
February 6, 2017 by Coleen Flaherty |

At a time when a number of small colleges and universities are rethinking and shrinking their curricula due to budget, enrollment and other concerns -- in some cases shuttering programs in what are...

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PolitiFact: How to get a history degree without U.S. history

Austin-American Statesman
February 4, 2017 by W. Gardner Selby |

Sounding a tad exasperated, a Texas Supreme Court justice told participants at a legislative forum that many young Americans have too little knowledge about basic U.S. civics and history.

“Get this,” Don...

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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to seek consultant to deal with deficit

Pittsburg Tribune-Review
February 3, 2017 by Deb Erdley |

Facing a projected $79 million deficit as state budget negotiations are about to begin, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is seeking help from outside experts to realign operations that...

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Don Willett: Elite universites mostly don’t require history majors to take American history

PolitiFact
January 30, 2017 by W. Gardner Selby |

Sounding a tad exasperated, a Texas Supreme Court justice told participants at a legislative forum that many young Americans have too little knowledge about basic U.S. civics and history.

"Get this," Don...

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Accreditor Questions Alabama Governance

Inside Higher Ed
January 26, 2017 by Rick Seltzer |

The agency that accredits Southern colleges and universities is scrutinizing the Governor Robert Bentley’s role at the head of Alabama university boards, pushing back on what it sees as powers that are...

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Governor’s UT regent appointees ensure a more collegial relationship between board, university leade

Houston Chronicle
January 24, 2017 by Lindsay Ellis |

A leadership transition for the University of Texas System's board of regents proposed by Gov. Greg Abbott would end a contentious era for the system, since the governor decided against reappointing a...

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McConnell Center at U of L Announces Programs

Courier-Journal
January 11, 2017 by GlyptusAnn Grider Jones |

The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville has announced four free, public events as part of its spring 2017 “Promises and Perils of the American Presidency” public lecture series.

All events...

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A Week in the Life of Justice Don Willett

Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2017 by Don Willett |

Justice never sleeps if you’re on the Texas Supreme Court. It’s 2:30 a.m. Lightning strikes; thunder booms. It’s pouring, and I’m poring…over legal briefs, prepping for court in a few hours. I’m...

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The Cost of Gridiron Glory

US News and World Report
December 30, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff & Alexis Zhang |

College football bowl season is finally here: The three-week extravaganza features 41 games, culminating in a national championship match – but also a hefty price tag that raises serious questions about...

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GW’s Decision to Ditch U.S. History Exemplifies How Elite Schools Fail Their Students Read more at:

National Review Online
December 29, 2016 by Ian Tuttle |

The George Washington University is named for:

a) America’s first president

b) the president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention

c) the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army

d) all of the above... Continue Reading >>

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