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.

A Campus Culture of Free Expression Brings Many Rewards

July 18, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Amidst an unrelenting cycle of campus controversies, a generous benefactor has prepared the ground for free speech to flourish at one of the nation’s great universities. Baltimore’s own Johns Hopkins...

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Mega-Donors to the Rescue: What to Make of Another Huge Scholarship Gift

Inside Philanthropy
July 17, 2017 by Mike Scutari |

A recent New York Times piece looking at the exorbitant price tag for an education at the University of Notre Dame asked, "Does God Want You to Spend $300,000 for College?"

God couldn't be reached for...

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Letter to the editor: Applaud support for free speech

Montana Standard
July 14, 2017 by Linda Frey |

Recent incidents at the University of California-Berkeley where protesters threw Molotov cocktails and broke windows at the site of a sponsored lecture, and at Middlebury College where protesters...

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Briefly Noted: An Easy Way to Target College Gifts

Philanthropy Magazine
July 13, 2017 by Philanthropy Roundtable |

When an anonymous donor had an opportunity to establish a $15,000 scholarship at a college of his choice, he decided against shunting it to his prestigious and already well-endowed alma mater. He sensed...

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Conservative suppression on campus turns parents away from colleges

Washington Times
July 12, 2017 by Bradford Richardson |

An admissions letter from Harvard University was once considered cause for celebration, but in conservative households, that may be changing.

David M. Whalen, provost of Hillsdale College, a school with...

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Who’s Afraid of Course Requirements?

Inside Higher Ed
July 3, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In a recent salvo in what some observers call the “war on the core (curriculum),” Donal O’Shea, president of New College of Florida, points to the disadvantages of the ostensibly rigid and compulsory...

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Where Winds Are Blowing on Accreditation

Inside Higher Ed
June 21, 2017 by Doug Lederman |

WASHINGTON -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission just happened to be the two agencies whose turn it was to appear before the federal panel...

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Middlebury’s Student Discipline Is Too Mild

Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In “The Outspoken Campus” (Review, June 10), Middlebury College President Laurie Patton states her commitment to a robust public square for open and fearless debate on campus. Her positive steps for...

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The 5 Boldest University Models in 2017

eCampus News
June 12, 2017 by Laura Ascione |

Bold thinking and bold action from higher-ed trustees and academic leaders are essential if the next generation of students is to have access to high-quality and affordable education, according to a new...

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What Did Your Kids Learn This Week?

Wall Street Journal
June 9, 2017 by James Freeman |

A friend in suburban New Jersey was disappointed after conducting an informal survey of his household this week. It seems that not one of his four children who attend local public schools had heard a...

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Fine Print and Tough Questions for the Purdue-Kaplan Deal

Inside Higher Ed
May 30, 2017 by Paul Fain |

Calling Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University bold might have been underselling. Depending whom you ask, the deal is either an exciting evolutionary step for public higher education or a...

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Churchill, Roosevelt and the “Special Relationship”

May 22, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff & Ted Eismeier |

For two and a half centuries, the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain has had enormous influence on the world stage. It has endured and even thrived through the great...

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Trustee Guide Acts as Playbook for Institution Innovation

Campus Technology
May 17, 2017 by Dian Schaffhauser |

For American colleges and universities to remain robust, they need to seek out "bold, dynamic innovation," according to a new report issued by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The 48-page...

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Sowing the Seeds of Academic Renewal

Law and Liberty
May 16, 2017 by Lauren Weiner |

Does this graduation season bring any good news from the American campus—any deviation from higher ed’s slide into politically correct incivility and closed-mindedness? A few cheering, or at least not...

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Trustees group encourages board members to be more proactive in sustaining higher ed

Education Dive
May 5, 2017 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Dive Brief:

  • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Thursday released a new guidebook encouraging boards to "be proactive in their role" to promote "a fiscally sustainable model for maintaining...
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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

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