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.

Noem, GOP target university ‘political correctness’ with first-of-its-kind diversity, speech law

Argus Leader
March 21, 2019 by Jonathan Ellis |
South Dakota became the first state in the country to pass a law requiring its university system to promote intellectual diversity after Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill into law Wednesday. The measure also bars… Continue Reading >>

Jefferson, Adams, and the Hope of Liberal Education

National Review
March 18, 2019 by Alexander Kahn |
Citizenship in America is in a troubling state. In 2015, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni conducted a survey of college graduates which found that only 28.4 percent could name James Madison as the… Continue Reading >>

Why transparency matters in combating the college cost explosion

Orange County Register
March 18, 2019 by Erik Gross |
We’ve all seen the staggering figures: nationwide, student debt has surpassed credit card debt. Americans owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans, and college tuition has increased at twice the rate… Continue Reading >>

History remains a mystery for far too many Americans

Northwest Herald
March 11, 2019 by Kurt Begalka |
A recent article in “The Federalist” underscored a disturbing educational trend: Students are increasingly ignorant about U.S. history. The sobering statistics disclosed include: • 24 percent… Continue Reading >>

Will Purdue faculty give Daniels the civics literacy test he says campus needs?

Lafayette Journal & Courier
March 5, 2019 by Dave Bangert |
WEST LAFAYETTE – Faculty members assembled in the Purdue Memorial Union’s North Ballroom for two hours Friday morning seemed willing to concede that Purdue President Mitch Daniels probably has a… Continue Reading >>

One Clear Way to Stop College Accreditation Fraud

Minding the Campus
February 22, 2019 by George Leef |
The college accreditation system is supposed to uphold academic quality and integrity. Many Americans assume that if a college or university is accredited, that is equivalent to the Underwriter’s Laboratories… Continue Reading >>

Citizens should know more about the U.S.

The Post and Courier
February 21, 2019 by Editorial Board |
Debates rage daily over basic U.S. civics and history. It turns out that many of us don’t know what we’re talking about. Despite some people’s absolute certainty in their knowledge, a recent… Continue Reading >>

Americans’ ignorance of history is a national scandal

The Washington Post
February 21, 2019 by Max Boot |
Is the study of history becoming, well, history? According to Benjamin Schmidt of Northeastern University, the number of bachelor’s degrees granted in history declined from 34,642 in 2008 to… Continue Reading >>

Shameful performance

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
February 18, 2019 by Opinion Editor |
THEY CALL this Presidents’ Day. Or Presidents Day. And if there’s not a copy editor around, you might get away with President’s Day. You’d be forgiven in wondering why. Are we celebrating… Continue Reading >>

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

Forbes
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: HowCollegesSpendMoney.com. 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

Uloop
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 >>
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