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 We Could Radically Rethink the Core Curriculum in Higher Education

January 23, 2018 by Megan Fromm |

In the spirit of a new year, I’d like to propose a radical resolution for colleges and universities across America: ditch your general education requirements.

At a time when so-called “soft… Continue Reading >>

AGB President: Trustees must play a more active role in higher ed advocacy

Education Dive
January 12, 2018 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Richard D. Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, writing in The Washington Post, calls on trustees to "step up," saying they "are even better positioned… Continue Reading >>

Next in the UT chancellor search: What’s at stake and who might apply

Austin American-Statesman
January 6, 2018 by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz |

The next chancellor of the University of Texas System will need quite a skill set: intellectual and administrative chops to oversee 14 academic and health campuses, political savvy for navigating… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 5, 2018 by Donald Engels |

Why not more 'bird brains' on educational faculties?

An interesting program on PBS aired a few nights ago entitled "Bird Brains." It showed that birds, especially parrots and crows, use reasoning… Continue Reading >>

Of Snowflakes and Tyrants: College students’ behavior must be stopped

December 14, 2017 by Tammy Bruce |

How many conversations have we had with our friends, family and co-workers wondering what happened to the millennials? We expect a new generation to have new ideas and new ways of approaching the world.… Continue Reading >>

Demand for admin pay cuts grows

Daily Evergreen
December 8, 2017 by Forrest Holt |

Fliers telling the administration to “Go do your god damn jobs” appeared on campus during the first weekend of December.

“This deficit crisis, and your handling of it, are unacceptable,”… Continue Reading >>

Have our colleges failed us?

Kingsport Times-News
December 1, 2017 by Ned Jilton II |

Students at Texas Tech University did a project to see what the students there knew about the United States. Sad to say many students couldn’t answer questions such as who won the Civil War, who fought… Continue Reading >>

Coming Into the Fold: Why (and How) Trustees Should Participate in Institutional Procurement

The EvoLLLution
November 22, 2017 by Armand Alacbay |

Procurement—the process by which an institution obtains necessary goods and services—is a major part of the financial life of any institution. While operationally procurement is downstream of… Continue Reading >>

Censorship takes stage on campus

Boston Herald
November 22, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

The censors seem to be out in force lately on the American college campus. November saw Brandeis University cancel the world premiere of a play about Lenny Bruce. Then Knox College in Illinois canceled the… Continue Reading >>

Brains and Brawn: Southern Flagship Schools Dominate On and Off the Field

November 21, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Megan Reithmiller |

It’s not every season that the most competitive college football programs are also recognized for having some of the best academic programs in the country. But this season, scholars and sports fans… Continue Reading >>

Kennesaw State Scores at Top in U.S. Curriculum Study for Seventh Consecutive Year

Metro Atlanta CEO
November 14, 2017 by Robert S. Godlewski |

Kennesaw State University is among a select group of 24 colleges and universities that scored an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum in a nationwide study on the state of general education… Continue Reading >>

Survey: Colleges Failing To Require Core Requirements

On Campus, WGBH
November 14, 2017 by Kirk Carapezza |

A new report released Tuesday criticizes New England colleges for being lax on core requirements like history and foreign languages.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni's latest survey… Continue Reading >>

Civics education in schools needs reboot

Columbus Dispatch
November 7, 2017 by Jim Simon |

How can we improve "civics literacy" in America?

There are "loud" crises, such as wars and economic recessions, and there are "quiet" ones, such as declines in voting rates.

For several decades,… Continue Reading >>

America flunks freshman comp, putting our democracy at risk

November 4, 2017 by David Masciotra |

It happens every semester. I’m sitting at home, tempted to jump head first out the window as I grade papers from my college freshmen writing course. One student has cited a Facebook meme… Continue Reading >>

Headlines reflect woeful failings of civic education

November 3, 2017 by Andrea Neal |

James Madison and the Founding Fathers believed an informed citizenry was the chief protection of the republican government they had created. Madison stated, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance:… Continue Reading >>

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One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei