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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.

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 >>

The New Campus Deplorables

October 28, 2019 by Richard Vedder |
Today’s colleges seem to be dominated by identify politics and progressive calls for more “diversity” and heightened attention to sustainability efforts. Surveys show that the already strong… Continue Reading >>

How Historically Black Colleges And Universities Set A Better Example

October 25, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
A leading higher education trade journal, Inside Higher Ed, recently profiled Claflin University, one of eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in South Carolina. Under the leadership of… Continue Reading >>

A Traditional Catholic College in the Second-Least Religious State

National Review
October 14, 2019 by William Z. Nardi |
National Review, October 9, 2019 -- “Though the lot of church-related colleges is hard nowadays,” Russell Kirk wrote in National Review in 1971, “one promising new liberal-arts college… Continue Reading >>

What we don’t know about American civics, hurts U.S.

Times Union
October 11, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
There is a crisis of civic education in America today. For the last 20 years, study after study has shown that most Americans lack a basic understanding of the country's history and political institutions.… Continue Reading >>

Survey finds college graduates struggle with basic civic literacy

The College Fix
October 10, 2019 by Jessica Resuta |
A recent national survey shows a lack of basic knowledge of U.S. history and civics among Americans, with a number of respondents not knowing the current Supreme Court Chief Justice, or thinking Alexandria… Continue Reading >>

CU leadership program, revamped, earns praise

Daily Camera
October 4, 2019 by Katie Langford |
Walking into a University of Colorado Boulder engineering class these days is a toss up — are you going to hear a lecture about complex math equations and scientific theories or find students in a circle… Continue Reading >>

UCF’s lazy river: Perk for athletes and fans, or ‘unadulterated waste’ of money?

Orlando Sentinel
October 4, 2019 by Annie Martin |
A planned lazy river intended for use by UCF student-athletes and deep-pocketed fans is the product of a “wrong-headed” race by universities to build extravagant facilities to gain prestige and… Continue Reading >>

The Incredible Shrinking Semester: Paying More And Getting Less

September 30, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Students were elated when the University of Wisconsin announced in 2017 that it was going to reduce the spring semester by four to five days, extending the winter break to January 23. Who can blame them for… Continue Reading >>

Do not take general education for granted

Washington Examiner
September 30, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
College graduates still learn more than high school graduates over the course of their careers. But a recent PayScale survey found that managers increasingly say recent grads lack basic writing, speaking, and… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Gertrude Himmelfarb

January 3, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff