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.

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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.

Capital Risks: Is There a Limit to Alumni Support for Tuition-Busting Construction Projects?

Inside Philanthropy
December 9, 2019 by Mike Scutari |
News out of Cedar Falls, Iowa underscores the complex dilemma facing fundraisers and administrators at schools grappling with dwindling enrollment, tepid public funding, and escalating tuition. In July, the… Continue Reading >>

California Higher Education Hangs in the Balance as UC, Cal State Search for New Leaders

Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2019 by Teresa Watanabe & Nina Agrawal |
In a rare confluence that will shape the future of California higher education, the state’s two top university jobs are open, high-profile vacancies that position its leaders as national pacesetters because… Continue Reading >>

In Restoring Civics, Start with the Basics

American Greatness
November 27, 2019 by Robert Holland |
In a bit of good news for this Thanksgiving, it appears that many would-be shapers of education policy are plugging for the return of civics to the curricula of schools and colleges. The bad news is that many… Continue Reading >>

IU professor says the university can’t fire him. He’s right. Here’s why.

Indianapolis Star
November 26, 2019 by Arika Herron |
The words “Fire Eric Rasmusen” were painted on an Indiana University bridge, but experts say the controversial professor’s job is likely safe. Rasmusen, a tenured professor of business economics… Continue Reading >>

Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?

November 22, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
For $73,000 per year, top students with SAT scores well north of 1,500 count themselves lucky to be accepted by Williams College. There, however, despite the chilly Massachusetts climate, they are in danger… Continue Reading >>

Ongoing Free Speech Lawsuit Against UIllinois Draws Broad Support

Campus Reform
November 14, 2019 by Adam Sabes |
Five organizations have filed amicus briefs supporting a lawsuit filed by a free speech nonprofit over “unconstitutional” free speech policies at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Speech… Continue Reading >>

Federal judge calls on faculty to fight back against the ‘new alliance of activists and administrators’

The College Fix
November 12, 2019 |
José Cabranes has never let his service on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stop him from warning the public about alarming trends in higher education. Five years ago the former trustee and general… Continue Reading >>

Higher Education’s Enemy Within

The Wall Street Journal
November 8, 2019 by José A. Cabranes |
American higher education seems to be in a permanent state of crisis. Almost monthly, a federal court has occasion to reprimand some college or university for improperly chilling speech, even as some students… Continue Reading >>

What Liberty University Tells Us About Derelict Trustees

November 7, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Serving on the board of a college or university often rates as one of the noblest contributions of time, heart, and intellect that a person can make. But when trustees take the honor of board membership… Continue Reading >>

Learning the true price of college

The Boston Globe
In 1991, journalist Jonathan Kozol shocked the nation’s conscience with his best-selling book “Savage Inequalities,” which detailed how public schools that educate the affluent typically receive… Continue Reading >>

Do trustees have full freedom of speech?

Inside Higher Ed
November 6, 2019 by Madeline St. Amour |
Some students and faculty members at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey were outraged when they learned that one of the college’s trustees attended a straight pride parade in Boston in August.… Continue Reading >>

Historically black colleges succeed because they don’t let in ‘racist’ people, president says

The College Fix
November 6, 2019 by Christoper Tremoglie |
Historically black colleges and universities perform better on core curriculum requirements than other institutions of higher education, according to a survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.… Continue Reading >>

New state law has S.D. universities scrutinizing their diversity efforts

Keloland Media Group
November 6, 2019 by Bob Mercer |
Five presidents and one vice president from South Dakota’s six public universities testified Wednesday to the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee about steps their campuses have… Continue Reading >>

Editorial: Will they ever learn? They should

The August Chronicle
November 6, 2019 by Editorial Staff |
Teens and young adults can tell you who Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are. Their parents could tell you who quarterbacks their favorite football teams, or which contestant got eliminated last week… Continue Reading >>


October 28, 2019 by Paul Mirengoff |
Almost since the start of Power Line in 2002, we have reported with dismay the descent of American colleges and universities into a leftist bastion of illiberalism. Most of our focus has been on professors,… Continue Reading >>
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April 1, 2020 by Erik Gross