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.

A left-wing monopoly on campuses

Boston Globe
December 2, 2004 by Jeff Jacoby |
The left-wing takeover of American universities is an old story. In 1951, William F. Buckley Jr. created a sensation with "God and Man at Yale," which documented the socialist and atheist worldview that even… Continue Reading >>

Political Pressure in the Classroom

Fox News
December 1, 2004 by Brit Hume |
Forty-nine percent of students at the nation's top universities say their professors subject them to political commentary in class, even when teaching. What's more, 29 percent say they feel pressure… Continue Reading >>

Strings Attached: Givers and Colleges Clash on Spending

New York Times
November 27, 2004 by Greg Winter and Jonathan Cheng |
Ever since he sued the University of Southern California for fraud four years ago, accusing it of misusing his $1.6 million gift for biological research on aging and then lying about it, Paul F. Glenn has put… Continue Reading >>

Lost Curriculum

Daily Policy Digest
August 10, 2004 by National Center for Policy Analysis |
Many college students graduate without taking core classes in subjects like literature, economics and American history, according to a study from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). ACTA surveyed… Continue Reading >>

Aeschylus or Swahili? The changing notions of what students need to know

Village Voice
August 3, 2004 by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow |
For today's undergrads, freshman year's first reading assignment—the course catalog—can be its most overwhelming. These doorstops often contain upwards of 2,000 classes, in departments from… Continue Reading >>

Not yet forgotten, the “greatest generation” finally set in stone

Christian Science Monitor
May 27, 2004 by Gail Russell Chaddock |
Although World War II was the defining event of the 20th century, not many younger visitors to Washington's newest monument, to be dedicated this weekend, can identify the names on the marble, such as Anzio,… Continue Reading >>

Learning the Value of Liberal Arts

Washington Post
May 18, 2004 by Jay Mathews |
I am upset that my daughter won't take an economics course, and that her college won't make her do so. You will be surprised how few of our nation's finest colleges–I have a list of 50 in… Continue Reading >>

Liberal to the Core

Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2004 by Review & Outlook |
If only Harvard were more liberal. No, that's no misprint. We mean "liberal" as in "liberal arts." Recently the university initiated a review of its curriculum by asking itself what it will mean "to be… Continue Reading >>

CUNY Campuses Measure Up to Ivy League

New York Sun
May 13, 2004 by Jacob Gershman |
Two CUNY campuses offer a more comprehensive core curriculum than Ivy League institutions, according to a recent survey.  Titled “Hollow Core,” the survey, conducted by the Washington-based… Continue Reading >>

Campus Conduct Policies Are Stifling Free Speech,  Panelists Testify

Chronicle of Higher Education
November 7, 2003 by Eric Hoover |
Concern about campus speech codes resounded last week on Capitol Hill as panelists, testifying at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on "intellectual diversity" at colleges, argued that overbroad conduct policies… Continue Reading >>

Congress looks at campus political correctness

Townhall.com
November 3, 2003 by Herbert London |
On October 30 the Senate Committee on Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on “intellectual diversity” in higher education with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni president Anne… Continue Reading >>

Academic diversity lacking, panel told Democrats skip Senate hearing

Boston Globe
October 30, 2003 by Jim Geraghty |
A US Senate committee convened a hearing yesterday on "the lack of intellectual diversity in America's colleges and universities." But the panel of witnesses who testified about the issue did not appear… Continue Reading >>

Keeping College Trustees on Course

National Journal
October 11, 2003 by Neil Munro |
Governors across the country have long had the power to appoint the trustees who oversee state universities and colleges. But elected chief executives often find themselves disappointed when their chosen trustees… Continue Reading >>

Low Marks for High Marks

Wall Street Journal
September 5, 2003 by Review & Outlook |
George W. Bush, Yale '68, was kidding when he addressed the Class of 2001 at his alma mater. "To those of you who received awards and distinctions," he told the new graduates, "I say well done. And to the… Continue Reading >>

Hard Times for State Colleges

New York Times
August 31, 2003 by Letter to the Editor: Barry Latzer |
You are correct that some universities are not offering the courses that students need to graduate (editorial, Aug. 26). One reason is that faculties and administrations seem more interested in meeting the… Continue Reading >>
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