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.

ACTA In The News

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.

U. of Chicago Rejects Efforts to Dumb Down

Washington Times
June 8, 1999 by Andrea Billups |
Friends and alumni of the University of Chicago are calling the resignation of President Hugo Sonnenschein on Thursday a victory for traditional academic standards that sends a clear signal across America against… Continue Reading >>

Noted Scholars Ask U. of Chicago to Halt Curricular Reforms

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 30, 1999 by Footnotes |
Ten prominent scholars have asked the University of Chicago to halt a plan to revise its core curriculum, labeling the changes "dangerous" and "disturbing."  The group, Scholars for the University of Chicago,… Continue Reading >>

Noted Academics Urge U. of Chicago to Preserve Its Core Curriculum

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 16, 1999 by Robin Wilson |
Ten prominent scholars from around the country are asking the University of Chicago to halt a plan to revise its core curriculum, labeling the changes "dangerous" and "disturbing." The group, which calls itself… Continue Reading >>

Keeping an Open Mind on Campus

Washington Times
April 3, 1999 by Linda Seebach |
University professors may enjoy sitting all day in a stuffy little room gabbing about academic politics, but why should the rest of the world pay any attention at all? Let me suggest a few groups of people… Continue Reading >>

Hearing Brings Out City University’s Staunchest Defenders

New York Times
January 6, 1999 by Karen W. Arenson |
After six months of visiting campuses, commissioning consultants and questioning administrators, teachers and students, a panel appointed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to recommend changes in the City University… Continue Reading >>

Blackboard: The Media

New York Times
January 3, 1999 by Abby Ellin |
Here is an innovative way to suppress the news: remove the newspaper. According to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit group in Washington dedicated to academic freedom, 453,123 newspapers… Continue Reading >>

Standards Are Calling for Bold SUNY Trustee

New York Times
December 21, 1998 by Karen W. Arenson |
When Candace de Russy taught a course called ''America and Historical Decline'' a few years ago at the New School for Social Research, her favorite author was the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega… Continue Reading >>

Guidebook Advises Donors on Controlling How Their Gifts to Colleges Are Spent

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 18, 1998 by Money & Management |
A group of trustees and alumni who favor traditional curricula has released a new guidebook designed to help donors make "intelligent" gifts.  Described in a news release as "the first book designed to… Continue Reading >>

SUNY Trustees OK Back-to-Basics Plan for General Studies

Washington Times
December 17, 1998 by Kim Asch |
Courses in U.S. history and Western civilization are back in vogue at the State University of New York, where trustees have approved a policy requiring students to take classes in the two subjects as part of… Continue Reading >>

Guide Offers Information on Donations to Colleges

Washington Times
December 1, 1998 by Kim Asch |
Gary Gerst felt the pull of his old college ties. Retired with money to spend, the 1961 Duke University alumnus wanted to give back to the school that helped shape his life. Wary that his gift would be squandered… Continue Reading >>

New Book Suggests Ways for College Donors to Control How Their Gifts Are Spent

Chronicle of Higher Education
November 10, 1998 by Joshua Rolnick |
A group of trustees and alumni who favor traditional curricula released a new guidebook on Monday that is designed to help donors be "intelligent" about giving. Described in a news release as "the first book… Continue Reading >>

Professor Scrooge

Forbes Magazine
October 19, 1998 by Peter Brimelow |
Keeping until it hurts? In 1968 a famous Ford Foundation report recommended that colleges put more of their money into stocks. (Long-run average annual inflation-adjusted return, counting capital gains and… Continue Reading >>

U. of Alabama Offers Course on College Football

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 19, 1998 by Athletics: Sidelines |
Students at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa can study college football for credit. During the term between its spring semester and summer school, the university offered a course called "College Football… Continue Reading >>

Report Points to Next Battle at CUNY

New York Times
March 29, 1998 by Karen W. Arenson |
In yet another attack on the embattled City University of New York, a new study charges that most of CUNY's senior colleges are denying their students a proper academic grounding by not requiring core courses… Continue Reading >>

Report hits “dumbing down” of top Virginia colleges

Washington Times
February 13, 1998 by Carol Innerst |
Virginia's most esteemed colleges allow students to choose from "a hodgepodge of narrow, dumbed-down, and trivial courses," an organization of concerned scholars says. A rising tide of electives and a dearth… Continue Reading >>
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