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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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From Boom to Bust: It’s a New and Scary World for Higher Ed Fundraising

Inside Philanthropy
April 2, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
Earlier this year, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) found that alumni giving fell 7.9 percent from 2018 to 2019. Ann Kaplan, senior director of the study, said the drop “doesn't… Continue Reading >>

Liberty University Demonstrates What Not To Do During A Pandemic

April 1, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Last fall, I wrote about the poor leadership of Liberty University, a private, Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the board’s lack of oversight over Liberty University President… Continue Reading >>

House Passes College Camps Free Speech Bill

The Northside Sun
March 19, 2020 |
The Mississippi House of Representatives adopted a bill today to protect the rights of college students to speak freely about the causes and issues they hold dear. The bill codifies existing federal case law… Continue Reading >>

Who’s Afraid Of Western Civ?

March 13, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
The advancement of empirical science, the Industrial Revolution, and then the technological revolution, the development of representative government, Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Michelangelo’s… Continue Reading >>

President of ACTA Details Recommendations for Ole Miss Following Statewide Audit
February 28, 2020 by Julia Peoples |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy presented their findings earlier this month from a recently completed audit of higher education in Mississippi. The report… Continue Reading >>

Build, Baby, Build: Higher Ed Funders Keep the Spigot Open for Construction Projects

Inside Philanthropy
February 20, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
Last December, I asked, “Is there a limit to alumni support for tuition-busting construction projects?” Two months later, we received an answer courtesy of the Council for Advancement and Support… Continue Reading >>

Why Is SUNY—Binghamton Building A $60 Million Baseball Stadium With Donor Funds?

February 14, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Louisiana State University, whose president laments the decline in public funding for higher education, has a $1.5M lazy river forming the letters “LSU.” The University of Central Florida has the… Continue Reading >>

Don’t attend (or donate to) a college that restricts free expression

The Hill
January 29, 2020 by Jeffrey M. McCall |
High school seniors are wrapping up college admissions applications ahead of the approaching Feb. 1 deadline for most institutions. These applicants will decide where to matriculate based on many factors, including… Continue Reading >>

More Trustees Fear for the Future

Inside Higher Ed
January 29, 2020 by Rick Seltzer |
Trustees have grown significantly more concerned about the future of higher education in the last year, according to new polling released today that points to financial sustainability and the prices students… Continue Reading >>

Lessons on legacy giving from the Sherlock Hibbs endowment

Philanthropy Daily
January 27, 2020 by Emily Koons Jae |
After a six-month legal battle, the University of Missouri and Hillsdale College have ended a dispute with an anti-climactic resolution. The two institutions agreed to split a gift that Sherlock Hibbs gave… Continue Reading >>

UMS Board of Trustees to Vote on One University Initiative

The Farmington Flyer
January 27, 2020 by Darby Murnane |
On Jan. 26 and 27, the University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees will convene on the UMaine campus in Orono to vote on whether or not UMS will transition to a unified accreditation, rather than function… Continue Reading >>

How Diversity Screening At The University Of California Could Degrade Faculty Quality

January 21, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Could Albert Einstein get a job today at the University of California–Berkeley? Or Enrico Fermi, or Robert Oppenheimer, or John von Neumann? With the University of California’s (UC) experiments… Continue Reading >>

Alumni Donors are Fueling the Student “Debt Spiral.” It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Inside Philanthropy
January 21, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
As the student debt crisis approaches $1.6 trillion, tuition increases continue to outpace inflation and healthcare costs. The perfect storm of drivers includes misdirected federal student financial aid policies,… Continue Reading >>

Mizzou gives millions to conservative college to end lawsuit over donor’s instructions

The College Fix
December 26, 2019 by Troy Sargent |
A cautionary tale to higher education donors’ considering a legacy gift Hillsdale College is well known for not taking government money. Last week the Michigan private school got a new reputation, by… Continue Reading >>

How Colleges Can Take Us To The Better Angels Of Our Nature

December 23, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot… Continue Reading >>
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Five Dystopian Novels for Quarantine

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April 1, 2020 by Erik Gross