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.

Rethinking the Presidential Search

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 24, 2017 by Eric Kelderman |

Earlier this year, Raymond J. Rice was chosen to be president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. No search firm was used to recruit him for the position, vet his credentials, and determine if he… Continue Reading >>

Study finds University of Arkansas spends higher ratio on administrative costs than similar schools

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
September 3, 2017 by Jaime Adame |

FAYETTEVILLE -- For every dollar spent on teaching, colleges and universities spend a lesser amount on administrative costs.

But the ratio between the two types of expenditures varies among schools.

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Colleges struggle over defending or curbing free speech

Fox News
September 1, 2017 |

Both the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College have been rocked by left-wing demonstrations, some of which administrators in both schools allowed. Now both have had to deal with falling enrollment… Continue Reading >>

Protecting speech: USU, campuses nationwide re-examine rights, safety, academics

Herald Journal
August 26, 2017 by Kevin Opsahl |

It was almost three years ago that Utah State University received brief national attention over a death threat that promised the “deadliest school shooting in American history.”

In October… Continue Reading >>

Red flags during trustee’s time on HCC board didn’t bring intervention

Houston Chronicle
August 23, 2017 by Lindsay Ellis |

The questions Larry Veselka raised about Houston Community College trustee Christopher Oliver in a 2010 report were troubling.

After a months-long investigation into multiple HCC trustees, the attorney… Continue Reading >>

Americans’ Declining Interest In History Is Hitting Museums Like Colonial Williamsburg Hard

The Federalist
August 22, 2017 by Jennifer Tiedemann and Karen Marsico |

One of the country’s most well-known tributes to the Revolutionary era is on the brink of financial ruin. Mitchell Reiss, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s president and CEO, released an… Continue Reading >>

Who’s Worth More: the Administrator or the Professor?

Campus Technology
August 9, 2017 by Dian Schaffhauser |

Should an average salary for full professors of $102,402 be considered low compared to an average salary of $334,617 for college and university presidents and $202,048 for chief financial officers? Should… Continue Reading >>

Rich and Powerful Figures Will Set USC Course in Scandal, from Behind Closed Doors

LA Times
August 7, 2017 by Paul Pringle, Harriet Ryan, Tania Ganguli, Michael Finnegan, and Victoria Kim |

How USC handles one of the biggest scandals in its history will be decided behind closed doors by a small group of wealthy and powerful people.

Composed of 57 voting members, USC's board of trustees… Continue Reading >>

New Mexico to weigh consolidation of state’s colleges and universities

Education Dive
August 7, 2017 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Dive Brief

  • State officials in New Mexico are weighing the benefits of reorganization or consolidation of the state's 31 public colleges and universities, which presently operate under… Continue Reading >>

Costs per student rising at Iowa universities

The Gazette
August 5, 2017 by Vanessa Miller |

IOWA CITY — The cost of educating students at Iowa’s public universities has been steadily rising in recent years — a trend the institutions have cited as they clamor for more resources.

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We have a civic duty to teach civics

Baltimore Sun
August 2, 2017 by W. Blaine Brewer |

Want to stump your friends on Bar Trivia Night? No need to dredge up the capital of Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou), or Millard Fillmore’s vice president (he didn’t have one). Just ask your fellow… Continue Reading >>

Can colleges find ways to reset climbing admin costs?

July 26, 2017 by Pat Donachie |

Following the release of a report which recommended college… Continue Reading >>

ACTA: Trustees must work to rein in administrative spending on campus

July 26, 2017 by Autumn A. Arnett |

Dive Brief:

On Administrative Spending, Which Colleges Get the Most Bang for the Buck?

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 25, 2017 by Eric Kelderman |

Administrative costs are a popular target for groups concerned about the rising price of college. A new report puts that spending in context and finds that large, public research universities are the most… Continue Reading >>

Debating the Right Spending Ratio

Inside Higher Ed
July 25, 2017 by Rick Seltzer |

Context is key for governing boards trying to exercise oversight of colleges and universities. It can also be surprisingly hard to come by, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

ACTA… Continue Reading >>

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One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei