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.

ACTA’s HowCollegesSpendMoney: A New, Advanced Tool for Accountability

February 14, 2019 by Michael T. Nietzel |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has launched a new web-based tool that makes it easier to track and compare college expenditures. It’s called HowCollegesSpendMoney, and it promises… Continue Reading >>

How to close the Silent Sam divide

The News & Observer
February 13, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
There seems to be no end in sight to the intense fighting over Silent Sam, the University of North Carolina monument that honors those students who fought in the Confederate army, and no one is likely to emerge… Continue Reading >>

Education Frontlines: Making college affordable

Salina Post
February 13, 2019 by John Richard Schrock |
Last week, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released the new website: It provides data and graphs based on the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary… Continue Reading >>

New Site on College Expenditures

Inside Higher Ed
February 13, 2019 by Paul Fain |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni last week released a new website on college expenditures. Drawn from federal data, the site provides eight years of the most recently available figures… Continue Reading >>

New Website Provides Insight Into College Finances

February 4, 2019 by Madison White |
If you’re a current or prospective student, you probably have money on your mind. After all, student loan debt is burgeoning on $1.5 trillion. While there are many factors to consider when choosing which… Continue Reading >>

College spending comes under closer scrutiny

The Hechinger Report
February 1, 2019 by Delece Smith-Barrow |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – We know that college costs are increasing, but what’s harder to find out is where the money is going. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Wednesday launched a… Continue Reading >>

Campus Notes

Tallahassee Democrat
January 28, 2019 by Democrat Staff Report |
Florida State dean named fellow of National Kinesiology Association Damon Andrew, dean of Florida State University’s College of Education has been named a fellow by the National Association for Kinesiology… Continue Reading >>

Speculation begins about who will be next Georgia Tech president

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 13, 2019 by Eric Stirgus |
“It’s a big challenge. Tough job,” said Fran Millar, outgoing chairman of the Georgia Senate’s higher education committee. “You are going to have to be one multitalented individual.”… Continue Reading >>

The Beast That Devours Itself

January 7, 2019 by Michael B. Poliakoff |
Beast Thing should have warmed the hearts of progressive students. It is a play written by a black playwright for a largely black cast that aims to critique whiteness and create a space for black performers.… Continue Reading >>

Chicago Principles Are Gold Standard for Freedom of Expression on Campuses

Inside Higher Ed
December 21, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
Sigal Ben-Porath’s Inside Higher Ed article, Against Endorsing the Chicago Principles, puts the urgent need for uncompromised freedom of expression on a slippery slope. While properly observing that… Continue Reading >>

Records: JMU allowed former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to help create $140,000 job for himself

Richmond Times-Dispatch
December 16, 2018 by Patrick Wilson |
The president of James Madison University allowed former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to help create a job for himself at the school, permitting him to write parts of his own job description. Bolling also… Continue Reading >>

Tearing Down UNC’s Silent Sam Threatens Monuments to Henry Ford, Harry Truman, And Mahatma Gandhi

The Federalist
December 5, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
Few of us are likely to withstand the withering judgment of those who come after us, whatever our positive contributions to humankind might be. Around the nation, statues and monuments are in the cross-hairs… Continue Reading >>

Mike Masterson: Civics and history

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 2, 2018 by Mike Masterson |
Widespread ignorance among high school and even many college graduates when it comes to American government and history plays a significant role in our elections and likely in the nation's future. Articles… Continue Reading >>

Point of View: Sooners must address their spending practices

The Oklahoman
December 2, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Across the nation, public universities are facing serious fiscal challenges amid statewide funding reductions and declining enrollments. Exorbitant tuition increases can no longer address the problem. At the… Continue Reading >>

In the hunt for University of Minnesota’s next president, transparency comes under real scrutiny

The Star Tribune
November 5, 2018 by Mila Koumpilova |
Lone finalists, closed-door interviews and a lawsuit that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court — that’s the University of Minnesota’s checkered track record with openness during… Continue Reading >>
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What’s Hot in Higher Ed 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 by Erik Gross