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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.

Records: JMU allowed former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to help create $140,000 job for himself

Richmond Times-Dispatch
December 16, 2018 by Patrick Wilson |
The president of James Madison University allowed former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to help create a job for himself at the school, permitting him to write parts of his own job description. Bolling also… Continue Reading >>

Tearing Down UNC’s Silent Sam Threatens Monuments to Henry Ford, Harry Truman, And Mahatma Gandhi

The Federalist
December 5, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
Few of us are likely to withstand the withering judgment of those who come after us, whatever our positive contributions to humankind might be. Around the nation, statues and monuments are in the cross-hairs… Continue Reading >>

Mike Masterson: Civics and history

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 2, 2018 by Mike Masterson |
Widespread ignorance among high school and even many college graduates when it comes to American government and history plays a significant role in our elections and likely in the nation's future. Articles… Continue Reading >>

Point of View: Sooners must address their spending practices

The Oklahoman
December 2, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Across the nation, public universities are facing serious fiscal challenges amid statewide funding reductions and declining enrollments. Exorbitant tuition increases can no longer address the problem. At the… Continue Reading >>

In the hunt for University of Minnesota’s next president, transparency comes under real scrutiny

The Star Tribune
November 5, 2018 by Mila Koumpilova |
Lone finalists, closed-door interviews and a lawsuit that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court — that’s the University of Minnesota’s checkered track record with openness during… Continue Reading >>

Buckley Program hosts annual conference

Yale Daily News
November 5, 2018 by Maya Chandra |
At its eighth annual conference, the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale hosted more than 200 attendees for a daylong discussion of conservative values, according to founder and executive director Lauren… Continue Reading >>

Maryland Board of Regents will stay under the microscope after McNair death

WTOP
November 2, 2018 by Kate Ryan |
Armand Alacbay's interview with WTOP aired on November 2, 2018. WASHINGTON — More scrutiny is ahead for the Maryland Board of Regents after a week in which the University of Maryland’s football… Continue Reading >>

Decline of Civics Education Means Students Less Prepared to Become Informed Citizens

Washington Diplomat
October 31, 2018 by Stephanie Kanowitz |
When pop star Taylor Swift posted on Instagram last month her support for two Tennessee Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, the number of voter registrations on Vote.org skyrocketed, outpacing… Continue Reading >>

Despite McNair controversy, experts expect search for next University of Maryland president to draw many candidates

Baltimore Sun
October 30, 2018 by Liz Bowie |
Despite the turmoil now enveloping the University of Maryland, experts say there will be plenty of people who want to succeed President Wallace Loh, who has announced he will retire in June. The search for… Continue Reading >>

LeBlanc to undergo community review this spring

GW Hatchet
October 22, 2018 by Meredith Roaten |
Top administrators, faculty and students will soon have a chance to weigh in on University President Thomas LeBlanc’s performance. Nelson Carbonell, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, said at a Faculty… Continue Reading >>

A Crisis in Civic Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 10, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
To the Editor: In “Obituary for a Billion-Dollar Boondoggle” (The Chronicle Review, September 16), Sam Wineburg failed to acknowledge the urgent crisis in civic education that America faces… Continue Reading >>

EDITORIAL: America is a nation awash in historical, political ignorance

Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 4, 2018 |
At a time when the country simmers and boils with political passions, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has revealed a paradox: While many Americans angrily denounce the current state of affairs,… Continue Reading >>

Trustee Brian Mosallam Talks Frankly About MSU’s ‘Disengaged’ Board Members

Deadline Detroit
September 26, 2018 by Alan Stamm |
The Larry Nassar mess is a toxic spill that continues to pollute Michigan State's reputation eight months after he began state prison terms that will keep him behind bars for life. The latest contamination… Continue Reading >>

How colleges can manage ‘flashpoints’ of unrest on campus

Education Dive
September 26, 2018 by Hallie Busta |
Dive Brief: College campuses are more diverse, global and polarized than ever — and everyone is on social media, said Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during… Continue Reading >>

The Impunity of Michigan State’s Board of Trustees

The Atlantic
September 26, 2018 by Caroline Kitchener |
Since sexual assault allegations against the sports doctor Larry Nassar became public, top administrators at Michigan State University have claimed they didn’t know—and could not have been reasonably… Continue Reading >>
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