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.

University of Texas admissions still plagued by ‘cheating at a very high level,’ whistleblower says

College Fix
June 21, 2019 by Greg Piper |
Wallace Hall made himself persona non grata with both the University of Texas System and state lawmakers by aggressively seeking to document an admissions scandal. Not the one you’re thinking about. The… Continue Reading >>

More Comprehensive Action Needed to Alter Campus Culture Around Substance Use

Addiction Professional
June 21, 2019 by Gary A. Enos |
The responsibility for changing a campus culture that has been accepting of excessive substance use has largely fallen on college presidents, but a new report suggests that a more coordinated approach is necessary… Continue Reading >>

While Americans Gobble Up History Books, Colleges Shut Down History Departments

June 19, 2019 by Jonathan Pidluzny |
If “reading maketh a full man,” as Sir Francis Bacon avers, Then the New York Times best-seller list is a window into the American soul. To judge from the view, we are an angry, divided,… Continue Reading >>

Former UT System Regent Wallace Hall speaks on admission scandal

Daily Texan
June 17, 2019 by Kevin Lokuwaduge |
Former UT System Regent Wallace Hall said there is innate corruption in higher education at a discussion held Wednesday in light of the college admissions scandals.  During the event, hosted by The American… Continue Reading >>

Revive Your Family Ties With a Road Trip

June 11, 2019 by Jo Ann Jenkins |
At AARP, we’ve always seen travel as a way to incorporate fun and fulfillment into our lives as we get older. It helps us recharge and get in touch with our nation’s heritage and our own. With so… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

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 >>
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