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.

History Students Going Beyond the Book

Washington Post
June 6, 2000 by Valerie Strauss |
To Danny Thau and his colleague David Burns, it seemed like a fruitful avenue of inquiry: What would have happened to the planet if Ike hadn't launched D-Day exactly when he did–56 years ago today?… Continue Reading >>

SUNY Fight Over Curriculum Mirrors Larger Debate

New York Times
June 6, 2000 by Karen W. Arenson |
In the growing nationwide battle over who really runs higher education–the professors or the university trustees–one of the most closely watched contests is taking place here, at the State University… Continue Reading >>

Faculty protests two courses at GMU

Washington Times
May 24, 2000 by Vaishali Honawar |
Faculty members at George Mason University are protesting two history courses they say were forced into the curriculum by the Board of Visitors, which overstepped its limits by prescribing specific courses.… Continue Reading >>

Christian ministry caught up in rights battle on campus

Washington Times
May 16, 2000 by Julia Duin |
When Curtis Chang enrolled at Harvard University in 1972, he was an idealistic Taiwanese immigrant eager to learn how democracy was born in the Boston area nearly 200 years earlier. He eventually went on staff… Continue Reading >>

Encouraging Board Members to Be Active, but Not Activist

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 12, 2000 by Sara Hebel |
The continuing evolution of two distinct schools of thought on college trusteeship became sharply evident last week, as a mainstream governing board group announced a new center for trustees of public colleges… Continue Reading >>

Student’s Analogy Using Race Draws St. Cloud State U. Officials’ Ire

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 5, 2000 by Students: Notebook |
A rebuke by St. Cloud State University administrators of a student who used an analogy about race has critics of political correctness crying foul.  In December, Christopher Monson, a junior at the university,… Continue Reading >>

New Center Will Encourage College Board Members to Be “Active, Not Activist”

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 5, 2000 by Sara Hebel |
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges today formally unveiled a new center aimed at helping state leaders attract and select top notch trustees and educate board members about how… Continue Reading >>

Critics of Political Correctness Rise to Defense of Student Who Used Racial Analogy

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 26, 2000 by Nina Willdorf |
Saint Cloud State University administrators' rebuke of a student for making an analogy that referred to race has critics of campus political correctness crying foul. In December, Christopher Monson, a junior… Continue Reading >>

States Start to Consider the Idea of Charter Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education
March 24, 2000 by Sara Hebel |
With charter schools becoming more popular these days, could charter colleges be far behind?  Officials in Massachusetts, Virginia, and other states are discussing proposals to largely free public colleges… Continue Reading >>

George Washington Is Last in the Minds of College Students, a Survey Suggests

Chronicle of Higher Education
February 22, 2000 by Denise K. Magner |
Seniors at the nation's top colleges and universities know who the rap singer Snoop Doggy Dogg is, but most can't identify George Washington as an American general at the battle of Yorktown, according… Continue Reading >>

Virginia’s higher education chief bows out after thirteen tumultuous months

Chronicle of Higher Education
August 13, 1999 by Sara Hebel |
William B. Allen has stepped over some fine lines in his career with confidence and flair. But over the last year, as Virginia's chief executive for public higher education, his unconventional nature made… Continue Reading >>

U. of Chicago President’s Plan to Resign Doesn’t Quiet Debate Over His Agenda

Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18, 1999 by Ben Gose |
Hugo F. Sonnenschein is stepping to the sidelines, but the controversy over the expansion he has planned for the University of Chicago shows no sign of abating.  Mr. Sonnenschein, the university's… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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