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.

ACTA Publication Indicates Colleges Fail To Prepare Students

September 16, 2019 by Danielle Wirsansky |
Students are often told that they must go to college. They are told that higher education is the key to their future and that they will not be able to make it very far without it. However, studies show many… Continue Reading >>

Free Speech Laws Mushroom in Wake of Campus Protests

Inside Higher Ed
September 16, 2019 by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf |
Free speech advocates were enraged when Middlebury College students in 2017 drowned out a planned talk by the author Charles Murray, whose writings many consider racist. The students'… Continue Reading >>

Global poll: The world feels left out of the ‘normal order of life’

The Washington Times
September 11, 2019 by Jennifer Harper |
On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nations of the world appear to be turning to personal concerns within their own borders according to a massive new Ipsos global poll. “A… Continue Reading >>

Cal State Must Ignore Teen Talk Barbie And Require More Math

September 11, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
In 1992, when Teen Talk Barbie told young girls, “Math class is tough!,” the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the American Association of University Women had no empathy for… Continue Reading >>

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans believe AOC created the New Deal

Crain's New York Business
September 10, 2019 by Will Bredderman |
They're only off by one word—and 86 years. A new poll by a higher education advocacy group found that 18% of American adults believe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was behind the New… Continue Reading >>

Is Majoring in English Worth It?

Wall Street Journal
September 10, 2019 by William McGurn |
The summer holidays have finally ended, and across America college students are returning to campus. But not before someone—most likely mom or dad—has written a hefty tuition check. If you’re… Continue Reading >>

New Documents Make USC Look Anything But Innocent In Varsity Blues Case

September 9, 2019 by Frederick Hess |
To the surprise of absolutely no one who follows higher education, recently released court documents in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal show the University of Southern California meticulously tracking… Continue Reading >>

Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics Launches

Outreach Magazine
September 4, 2019 |
New York Times best-selling author Lee Strobel is teaming up with Colorado Christian University to launch an unprecedented new center for evangelism and apologetics, with the goal of fueling a spiritual… Continue Reading >>

Colleges open new school year with same fear of free expression

The Hill
September 3, 2019 by Jeffrey M. McCall |
Common gumption would dictate that colleges and universities foster environments that promote “free and open inquiry in all matters,” and guarantee “the broadest possible latitude to speak,… Continue Reading >>

How Disruptive Innovation Makes Some Colleges Into Ants And Others Into Grasshoppers

September 3, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
When Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen predicted that as many as half of American colleges could go bankrupt in the next 10 to 15 years, most of the leadership of American higher education… Continue Reading >>

The Syllabus: Bennett College’s part-time* president

Greensboro News and Record
August 23, 2019 by John Newsom |
An online publication called Diverse Issues in Higher Educationran a detailed story about Bennett College and its new president earlier this month. I thought it was a pretty thorough write-up of the rough… Continue Reading >>

Secret Searches and Faculty Fury

Inside Higher Ed
August 23, 2019 by Nick Hazelrigg |
In recent years one of the greatest points of contention between faculty members and their institutions’ governing boards has been over the board’s arguably most important function: the search for… Continue Reading >>

Miami Ohio’s smart spending, rigor and academic freedom position it to succeed

The Plain Dealer
August 22, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nestled in Oxford, Ohio, lies the “Ivy of the Midwest,” Miami University. As colleges across the United States reach an inflection point, with public confidence eroding and solutions… Continue Reading >>

Group appeals ruling to dismiss free speech suit against UT

Austin American-Statesman
August 21, 2019 by Lara Korte |
A nonprofit that sued the University of Texas for allegedly violating students’ rights to free speech is appealing a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. Speech First Inc., a Washington… Continue Reading >>

Sending a message to the college: Major donors roar!

Christian Post
August 20, 2019 by Robert F. Davis |
Considering my experience, the amount of time and money invested in a project and the host institution brings sharper focus to financial and personal involvement in institutional activities.  Retired Chairman… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Gertrude Himmelfarb

January 3, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff