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.

Fight BDS by promoting ‘intellectually-diverse views’ on Israel-Palestine, report says

The College Fix
March 22, 2017 by Samantha Figueroa |

The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is “one of the greatest threats to academic freedom” in America today, aiming to “undercut the moral legitimacy of the State of Israel”...

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It: The Education Every Student Really Needs

National Review
March 21, 2017 by David Fouse |

‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

These words come from an 1816 letter written by Thomas Jefferson — one of our most...

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Colleges need to stop hiring board members based on ‘nostalgia’ instead of expertise

The College Fix
March 21, 2017 |

If Apple couldn’t invent the iPhone without a corporate board of expert members, why do private colleges and universities treat their own governing boards like dumb ATMs?

That’s the question posed by...

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The Ugly Truth of March Madness

U.S. News & World Report
March 13, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Alexis Zhang |

With the official tip-off of March Madness this week, tales of Cinderella stories and thrilling comebacks abound. But beneath the annual spectacle of the NCAA tournament lies an ugly truth: Academic...

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University Trustees: Educational Boycotts of Israel Threaten Academic Freedom

The Tower
March 10, 2017 by Tower Staff |

The campaign on university campuses to boycott Israel poses a threat to academic freedom, a report (.pdf) published Thursday by an academic nonprofit group stated.

The report, compiled by the American...

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Governing Against BDS

Inside Higher Ed
March 9, 2017 by Colleen Flaherty |

Students and faculty members are usually the most active participants in campus discussions about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. A new report that’s highly critical of the...

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At Wilmington University, it’s all in the family

News Journal
March 9, 2017 by Margie Fishman |

Rising from an abandoned motel and gas station off Du Pont Highway, Wilmington University prides itself on small class sizes, a dozen intimate campuses without the frills, and faculty and trustees who are...

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How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

February 27, 2017 by Rachel DiCarlo Currie |

Greater knowledge of the past would help improve America’s public discourse.

Once again, President’s Day has come and gone and Americans spent little time reflecting on their past leaders—in part,...

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DeVos vs. the Faculty

Inside Higher Ed
February 24, 2017 by Scott Jaschik |

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered few details of her views on higher education during her confirmation hearings.

But on Thursday, in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, she...

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The Campus Kangaroo Courts

City Journal
February 24, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sexual violence is a crime that merits prosecution with the full force of law. But a new book by Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor forces us to ask: What benefit is gained...

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​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

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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