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.

Our Accreditation System Has Bennett College Struggling For Life

James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
June 3, 2019 by George Leef |
Founded in 1873 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bennett College is one only two of historically black colleges just for women. It has been a four-year college since 1926, but in recent years it has, like so… Continue Reading >>

LOL: NYU ‘Reporting on the far-right’ course CANCELED after only two students enroll

Campus Reform
May 31, 2019 by Rob Shimshock |
New York University has canceled a course, titled "Reporting on the Far Right," after only two students enrolled. The course was scheduled to be taught by Talia Lavin, a former fact-checker for The New… Continue Reading >>

College president who praised ‘safe spaces’ declared ‘hero of intellectual freedom’

College Fix
May 30, 2019 by Greg Piper |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni debuted an ongoing list of academics it wants to honor as “Heroes of Intellectual Freedom” on Wednesday, but the inaugural group of five has a surprising… Continue Reading >>

It takes a lot of money to run a Big Ten school. Who spends it best?

St. Joseph News
May 15, 2019 by Dave Lemery |
Say the name “Big Ten” and most people will think of a powerhouse college athletics conference featuring high-profile schools that span the Midwest. But for all the national championships in football,… Continue Reading >>

University Trustee of the Decade, My Texas Hero: Renegade Regent Wallace Hall

May 6, 2019 by Richard Vedder |
Something extraordinary happened recently in Austin. As the Daily Texan, the student newspaper at the flagship campus of the University of Texas, headline put it, "Student Government members propose legislation… Continue Reading >>

Losing American history at California State University

Orange County Register
May 2, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
The study of United States government and history is rapidly disappearing from general education programs at America’s colleges and universities. Out of over 1,100 four-year institutions examined in What… Continue Reading >>

Bank tied to Henderson State chief wins school bid

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
April 29, 2019 by Debra Hale-Shelton |
Henderson State University has switched its banking services to Arkadelphia-based Southern Bancorp Inc., where the school's president, Glen Jones Jr., is board chairman, records show. Additionally, Chris… Continue Reading >>

How California is dumbing down our democracy

Washington Post
April 18, 2019 by Max Boot |
Only 36 percent of Americans could pass a multiple-choice civics test of the kind that is administered to immigrants seeking to become citizens. Sixty percent don’t know which countries the United States… Continue Reading >>

Tough Love from Funders as Radical Colleges Flunk Traditional Financing Model

Inside Philanthropy
April 16, 2019 by Erik D'Amato |
Next year was supposed to be a happy one for Hampshire College, with the small but high-profile liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts set to mark the half-century since it welcomed its first class in… Continue Reading >>

Former Hillsdale professor assists in crafting South Dakota free speech law

Hillsdale Collegian
April 9, 2019 by Brooke Conrad |
Earlier this year, the University of South Dakota School of Law forced a group of students to change the name of its “Hawaiian Day” social to “Beach Day,” citing a complaint about cultural… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the editor: In response to regents’ reaction

Minnesota Daily
April 8, 2019 by Erik Gross |
If the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has concerns regarding the objectivity and content of the report by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History, it is the Board’s… Continue Reading >>

Experts urge caution as Florida lawmakers push to make college president searches more secret

Tampa Bay Times
April 8, 2019 by Lawrence Mower and Megan Reeves |
TALLAHASSEE — On the heels of a presidential search at the University of South Florida that is still drawing criticism for lacking transparency, state lawmakers are looking to greenlight even more secrecy.… Continue Reading >>

Online, small-group feedback dominates LeBlanc’s community review

The GW Hatchet
April 4, 2019 by Meredith Roaten |
Only a handful of staff, faculty and students attended forums last week to offer feedback on University President Thomas LeBlanc’s job performance, but officials said they are continuing to solicit feedback… Continue Reading >>

Rewriting the history textbooks: An assault on history and our common past

Communities Digital News
March 27, 2019 by Allan C. Brownfield |
The assault on American history has been growing for many years. Consider the treatment of George Washington. The first president of the United States is disappearing from the nation’s schools. Several… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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