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.

Headlines reflect woeful failings of civic education

November 3, 2017 by Andrea Neal |
James Madison and the Founding Fathers believed an informed citizenry was the chief protection of the republican government they had created. Madison stated, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance:… Continue Reading >>

Guest Column: Understanding civics critical for our democracy

New Castle News
November 2, 2017 by Hon. Chris Sainato |
As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Committee, it is often disappointing to hear from teachers and professors that our younger generation lacks basic civic… Continue Reading >>

Universities abandon core curricula, offer ‘thin and patchy education,’ survey finds

The College Fix
October 26, 2017 by Sophia Buono |
A recent national survey found that a genuine, well-rounded college education is a thing of the past at many colleges and universities. Instead, most institutions offer a patchwork of niche grad requirements… Continue Reading >>

The Constitution, free speech and college campuses

Washington Times
October 25, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |
It might have been too much to hope that after the tumultuous 2016 election, our nation’s discourse would simmer down and that cooler heads would prevail. Of course, political rhetoric will ebb and flow… Continue Reading >>

Colleges waste millions on bloated bureaucracies

Washington Examiner
October 23, 2017 by Tom Rogan |
We are wasting too much money on college administration costs. That's my takeway from a July 2017 report, How much is too much, by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. That report, which I… Continue Reading >>

Connecticut to possibly consolidate community colleges

Education Dive
October 20, 2017 by Pat Donachie |
Dive Brief: The head of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is considering consolidation of the state's 12 community colleges under a single system, reports WNPR. President Mark Ojakian says… Continue Reading >>

How much will Iowa State’s next president be paid? (More than the last one, most likely)

Des Moines Register
October 20, 2017 by Kathy Bolten |
Exactly who will be named Monday as Iowa State University's newest president is anyone's guess. But one thing is likely — whoever it is will get paid more than their predecessors. And… Continue Reading >>

Does liberal arts education have an image problem?

Times Higher Education
October 19, 2017 by Ellie Bothwell |
"The level of academic integrity is superb. [It is] constantly challenging and forcing you to think outside of the box.” “The professors really care about teaching me to think critically.”… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor: NIU expenses and reserves misrepresented

Northern Star
October 19, 2017 by Lisa Freeman |
As the President and Chief Academic Officer of NIU, we value financial transparency and responsible stewardship of public funds. In this context, we want to comment on the information presented in Monday’s… Continue Reading >>

Are American institutions advancing the core curriculum?

Education Dive
October 18, 2017 by Pat Donachie |
The overwhelming majority of American colleges and universities do not require students in their freshmen year to take general core classes prior to selecting a major, according to a new report from the American… Continue Reading >>

It’s the civic duty of all citizens to learn about their local officials

The Badger Herald
October 17, 2017 by Lucas Johnson |
Maintaining a working knowledge of how local government functions is crucial. It should be a priority of all citizens to understand the basic functions of government officials, so as to provide context as to… Continue Reading >>

In-state tuition discounts could be nixed for students at four state-funded universities

October 17, 2017 by Jan Murphy |
Pennsylvania could be on a path to becoming the most unaffordable state in the nation for students to pursue a college education. It's not a direction that Gov. Tom Wolf or state lawmakers say they want… Continue Reading >>

Higher Learning: Not So Great

Washington Times
October 17, 2017 by Jennifer Harper |
A meticulous survey of education curricula among 1,100 American public and private colleges and universities reveals that the majority of the schools require students to study composition, math and science.… Continue Reading >>

Students are more afraid of offending each other than breaking speech codes

The College Fix
October 10, 2017 by Greg Piper |
WASHINGTON, DC – When Greg Lukianoff wrote Unlearning Liberty five years ago, we knew who was responsible for censorship and illiberalism on college campuses: administrators. Oh, for those quaint… Continue Reading >>

When universities conduct president searches in the dark, the results can be a disaster

October 4, 2017 by Andrew Wolfson |
When Robert Sternberg was hired in 2013 as University of Wyoming’s 24th president, the state Senate president called him a “rock star.” But he was selected without faculty or student… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Robert H. Malott

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff

In Memoriam: Eugene M. Grant

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff

A Respectful Collision of Ideas

April 12, 2018 by Doug Sprei and Elliott Cole