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.

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 >>

Activist Trustees Wield Power Gone Awry

Chronicle of Higher Education
January 16, 1998 by Catharine R. Stimpson |
Imagine the following: The political pendulum in the United States has swung again. Campaigning under the slogan "We Are the Real People," militant progressives have won a significant number of Congressional… Continue Reading >>

National Alumni Forum to Change Name

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 17, 1997 by Money & Management |
The National Alumni Forum is changing its name, but not its focus. The forum was created in 1995 to encourage alumni to use their gifts in support of academic freedom (and in opposition to what the forum sees… Continue Reading >>

For English Departments, A Major Change

Washington Post
December 30, 1996 by Jonathan Yardley |
The final piece of evidence that the lunatics are running the academic asylum is now firmly in place. It was put there a few days ago by the National Alumni Forum, which, in a devastating report titled "The… Continue Reading >>

At Colleges, Sun Is Setting on Shakespeare

New York Times
December 29, 1996 by William H. Honan |
Georgetown University's abandoning of the requirement that English majors study at least two authors among Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton–which drew criticism and prompted a teach-in last year–is… Continue Reading >>

GMU Trustees Plan to Get More Involved

Washington Post
December 6, 1996 by Robert O'Harrow Jr. |
George Mason University trustees say their decision to block the hiring of a counselor for gay students is the beginning of a plan to be more involved in the school's affairs, a course that has provoked… Continue Reading >>

Marginalizing Academic Trivia

Detroit News
June 7, 1996 by Editorial |
American universities, we have noted often, are the last bastions of socialism. The publication of a New York University professor's bogus article by a "respectable" left-wing journal just because… Continue Reading >>

Group to Distribute Alumni Donations

USA Today
May 29, 1996 by Mike Madden |
The National Alumni Forum (ACTA), a group trying to involve college graduates in campus academic affairs, recently launched a program to target donations to specifically approved programs. Conservative Republican… Continue Reading >>

Rubbing Salt in English Major’s Wounds

New York Times
May 10, 1996 by David Grimes |
A recent study shows that the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton are gradually being phased out of college English literature curriculums. According to the National Alumni Forum, these authors are being… Continue Reading >>

“Teach-In” Goes All-Out in Hailing Shakespeare

Washington Times
May 1, 1996 by Carol Innerst |
Using the bard's own words, actors, scholars and students at a 'teach-in" yesterday bashed colleges and universities for dropping Shakespeare and other great authors from college requirements. A quick… Continue Reading >>

Campus Politics and the Power of the Purse

Washington Post
April 7, 1996 by David Greenberg |
Don't give to Harvard! The call went out to 40,000 graduates of Harvard and Radcliffe last November. A group called the Committee for the Equality of Women at Harvard, led by Radcliffe alumnae, was inaugurating… Continue Reading >>

“Do They Have to Study Shakespeare?”

Washington Post
April 1, 1996 by Letter to the Editor by Jerry L. Martin |
Who would have predicted it? It is now students and alumni at Georgetown University and elsewhere who rise to the defense of Shakespeare–as professors, who should know better, merrily throw the Bard overboard.… Continue Reading >>

Alumni Activists

Policy Review: The Journal of American Citizenship
January 1, 1996 |
Citizens concerns about the recent intellectual and moral shortcomings of academe will want to know about the National Alumni Forum, founded last year by a group of scholars, editors, businessmen, and policymakers… Continue Reading >>

Where Correctness Flunked Out

National Journal
December 23, 1995 |
Influential college alumni who've been fuming about their old school's emphasis on political correctness found a place to vent earlier this month. The National Alumni Forum, an organization of celebrity… Continue Reading >>

Fork Over and Shut Up

November 20, 1995 by Thomas Sowell |
A picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words, and a drawing in a recent issue of The Chronicle of High Education certainly fills that bill. It shows an academic in cap and gown facing a donor holding… Continue Reading >>
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