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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.

Forging Intellect: Understanding and Responding to the Demands of Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) Employers

EvoLLLution
September 21, 2018 by David Steele-Figueredo |
As an academic and former private sector executive, I think two leadership traits, among many, are knowledge and intellect. Knowledge is an easily understandable concept, but what do we mean by intellect? What… Continue Reading >>

USAO gets an ‘A’ for academic core quality

The Oklahoman
September 16, 2018 by Staff Reporters |
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha is one of 23 institutions out of 1,100 four-year public and private institutions studied nationally by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni… Continue Reading >>

WKU defends general education requirements

Bowling Green Daily News
September 14, 2018 by Aaron Mudd |
Western Kentucky University is pushing back on a D grade its general education requirements received from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a survey that reviewed academic standards.… Continue Reading >>

The best way to change future is to understand history

The Badger Herald
September 4, 2018 by Adam Ramer |
According to a recent study from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, vast majorities of college students could not correctly answer basic questions on civics. From identifying protections… Continue Reading >>

Teach the Constitution

The Hill
August 31, 2018 by Timothy S. Huebner |
As students and professors return to classes in a deeply polarized America, colleges and universities should consider an addition to their curricula.  Let’s make knowing something about the… Continue Reading >>

Opinion: Students need a civics education now more than ever

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 14, 2018 by Christian Schneider |
For any incoming college freshman, stumbling onto campus the first day has to be a disorienting experience. There’s so much you don’t know, ranging from where to eat to where your classes are to… Continue Reading >>

Is the Trump administration signaling growing interest in higher ed policy?

Education Dive
August 13, 2018 by James Paterson |
Dive Brief: The Trump administration is apparently taking a greater interest in higher education policy — and specifically accreditation, according to Inside Higher Education. An office led… Continue Reading >>

White House, and Kushner, Dig Into Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed
August 10, 2018 by Andrew Kreighbaum |
As the Department of Education refines the next phase of its higher education agenda, the White House is apparently weighing in on the new policy direction. The special office headed by Jared Kushner, a senior… Continue Reading >>

Reinvigorating the Liberal Arts Matters More than Free Speech on Campus

National Review
July 28, 2018 by Justin Dyer and Ryan Streeter |
A liberal-arts education prepares students for participation in public life. During an era of “fake news,” post-truth politics, political intolerance, and polarization, various solutions to these… Continue Reading >>

Michigan State trustees are frequent fliers on team road trips

Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2018 by David Jesse |
Less than 24 hours before Larry Nassar stood in an Ingham County courtroom, pleading guilty last November to sexually assaulting seven women, three Michigan State University board members were about 20… Continue Reading >>

U of Illinois Chicago campus to acquire nearby law school

Education Dive
July 23, 2018 by James Paterson |
Dive Brief: The University of Illinois at Chicago Board of Trustees has approved a plan that will allow the institution to acquire a nearby private law school, creating the only public law school in the state, according… Continue Reading >>

Guest Column: A threat to liberty in higher education

Colorado Springs Gazette
July 22, 2018 by Dr. Donald W. Sweeting and Dr. Michael Poliakoff |
A powerful threat to intellectual and religious liberty is afoot. In a region embracing 19 states, including Colorado, colleges and universities are under the authority of a federally empowered agency that… Continue Reading >>

NWA editorial: Celebrate with knowledge

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 5, 2018 |
The fireworks are finished, except for those secret stashes someone will continuing launching or exploding for days to come. Please do your neighbors a favor: Don't. The explosions and dazzling shows of… Continue Reading >>

Editor’s opinion: Well, what do you know?

Houma Today
July 1, 2018 by Keith Magill |
As Fourth of July nears, here’s something to think about. “There is a crisis in American civic education,” the American Council of Trustees and Alumni says in a 2016 report." Survey after… Continue Reading >>

No consensus on how to handle free speech on campuses

Education Dive
June 19, 2018 by James Paterson |
Dive Brief: A lawsuit supported by the U.S. Justice Department against the University of Michigan has drawn fire from the institution, which disputes claims that its “bias response team” was designed… Continue Reading >>
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