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.

College president says ‘safe spaces serve to advance speech’

The College Fix
June 11, 2018 by Jennifer Kabbany |
The nonpartisan American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently published a report by George Mason University law Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm titled “Building a Culture of Free Expression on the American… Continue Reading >>

Law School Oversight Suits May Point To Needed ABA Reforms

Law360
June 8, 2018 by Emma Cueto |
In the past month, the American Bar Association has been hit with four lawsuits criticizing the way the association accredits and regulates law schools, but while experts are somewhat skeptical about the suits’… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor: Defending Free Speech

Inside Higher Ed
June 6, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
The president of Augustana College would like us to believe that concern about intellectual freedom and freedom of expression is mostly a manufactured crisis. In a recent “Views” article, Steven… Continue Reading >>

To Punish Disrupters, Or Not? New Recommendations To Restore Free Speech On Campus

Forbes
May 31, 2018 by Tom Lindsay |
Just how bad is the state of free speech and debate on America’s campuses? In March 2018, Gallup/Knight looked to answer this question through conducting a survey of more than 3,000 college… Continue Reading >>

Bay Area school, under fire over foreign students, gets warning

The Mercury News
May 28, 2018 by Ethan Baron |
A Bay Area university with strikingly high numbers of foreign students receiving U.S. work permits has been slapped with a warning by its accrediting agency and told to produce more detailed information… Continue Reading >>

Pressure grows on Board of Trustees amid USC gynecologist scandal

Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2018 by Sarah Parvini, Adam Elmahrek, and Paul Pringle |
USC's large and powerful Board of Trustees is coming under growing pressure to provide a stronger hand as the university faces a crisis over misconduct allegations against the campus' longtime gynecologist… Continue Reading >>

The Changing Face of the College Administration

Harvard Crimson
May 23, 2018 by Jonah S. Berger and Yasmin Luthra |
Within the span of just the last decade, Harvard College has seen the creation of an Office of Student Life, a merger of that very office with the Freshman Dean’s Office, the establishment… Continue Reading >>

A Federal Panel Tries to Regulate Accreditation. But Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 22, 2018 by Eric Kelderman |
Every six months or so, about 18 higher education experts plant themselves in a hotel conference room for three days to dig deep into the federal recognition of accrediting agencies.  That recognition… Continue Reading >>

Letters: Why Is State Funding for Public Universities Declining?

The Atlantic
May 14, 2018 by Nicholas Barden |
Ronald Brownstein accurately documents the catastrophic loss of public confidence in American higher education, but the causes may be more wide-ranging than he suggests. The past several decades have seen a… Continue Reading >>

Six Ideas for Depoliticizing the College Campus

National Review
May 13, 2018 by George Leef |
The desire of “progressives” to take over the commanding heights of society so they can control people has been very successful and especially so with regard to our educational institutions. Collectivist… Continue Reading >>

The danger ignorance of history poses to the future of a free society

Communities Digital News
April 22, 2018 by Allan C. Brownfeld |
WASHINGTON: An April study reveals that 41 percent of those asked could not identify Auschwitz as a Nazi concentration or extermination camp. The ignorance of history in high schools, colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Flagship bias? Longhorns, Aggies dominate UT, A&M boards of regents

Austin American-Statesman
April 13, 2018 by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz |
Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent… Continue Reading >>

Bernardo calls faculty balance a priority

The Daily Evergreen
April 13, 2018 by Yasmeen Wafai |
Provost Dan Bernardo identified the proportion of tenured to non-tenured faculty as the most important issue for achieving the “Drive to 25” during a presentation to the Faculty Senate at its last… Continue Reading >>

Campus Disrupter

The Weekly Standard
April 6, 2018 by Naomi Schaefer Riley |
"How many of you drive for a living? How many of you want to?" That's the question Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University, posed recently to an audience assembled in Washington,… Continue Reading >>

Faculty Regent proposal stalls in state gov’t

The Daily Evergreen
March 23, 2018 by Yasmeen Wafai |
A bill that would have allowed a faculty member to sit on the Board of Regents at both WSU and University of Washington remains stagnant in state government, despite university officials supporting the idea… Continue Reading >>
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