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.

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 >>

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 >>
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