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.

Accreditors, States and Political Influence

Inside Higher Ed
August 2, 2019 by Doug Lederman |
One needn't look very hard these days to find evidence of significant intervention by state politicians in public university matters -- or of accrediting agencies questioning those politicians' decisions.… Continue Reading >>

Georgia’s best colleges carry less of a cost burden than neighbor

The Center Square
July 30, 2019 by Nyamekye Daniel |
The debt burden for attending the top public colleges in Georgia is lower than its neighboring states. Annual in-state tuition fees for Georgia’s three best-ranked universities are lower than in Alabama… Continue Reading >>

Young Americans demand civic education – for good reason

The Hill
July 22, 2019 by Campbell Streator |
School may be out, but America’s teachers are hard at work, building out their curriculums for the upcoming academic year. From algebra to history and psychology, the foundation for the U.S. education… Continue Reading >>

Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plans

The Miami Student
July 16, 2019 by Dan Wozniak |
Aanceelintaakani – meaning “an instrument used to change how one thinks” — is a Myaamia phrase, and has been the inspiration for Miami University’s strategic plan. Last… Continue Reading >>

Presidential Tenures are Getting Shorter. Why Are the Payouts So Large?

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 14, 2019 by Dan Bauman |
When William H. McRaven took over as chancellor of the University of Texas system in January 2015, he arrived with high hopes. A highly decorated retired Navy admiral, McRaven was heralded as someone who could revitalize… Continue Reading >>

The value of learning American history

The Lima News
July 14, 2019 by Ron Lora |
We live in a time of heightened political passion and conflict. As populist tides are on the rise, our national political institutions have become increasingly dysfunctional. The federal government’s… Continue Reading >>

Massive budget cuts to the University of Alaska system could have ‘tidal wave’ effects according to the university president

July 12, 2019 by Rebecca Palscha |
Alaska lawmakers failed to override the governor's veto of $444 million from the state operating budget. For the University of Alaska it erased $130 million on top of a $5 million cut approved by the legislature.… Continue Reading >>

Student debt forgiveness misses the hidden cause of rising college costs

Washington Examiner
July 9, 2019 by Erik N. Gross |
College costs and student debt have become central issues in the 2020 election as presidential challengers, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have promised to forgive student debt. It’s unsurprising… Continue Reading >>

Four Things Every American Should Know About the Declaration of Independence

The American Mind
July 5, 2019 by Jonathan Pidluzny |
Every American knows that July 4th marks the day, 243 years ago, that the Continental Congress adopted a declaration asserting independence from British rule. Unfortunately, that’s about all we seem… Continue Reading >>

Assault on Western Civilization

The Times Examiner
July 1, 2019 by Walter E. Williams |
Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven… Continue Reading >>

Book Review: ‘Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story’

The Epoch Times
June 27, 2019 by Jeff Minick |
For 50 years, our familiarity with American history has taken a beating. In 2008, universities conferred 34,642 degrees in history. By 2017 that number had dropped to 24,266, according to the American… Continue Reading >>

Regents grapple with how to implement intellectual diversity law

Argus Leader
June 27, 2019 by Jonathan Ellis |
South Dakota’s Board of Regents appeared to be sipping from a fire hose Wednesday during a hearing on how to comply with a new law that requires the state’s universities to encourage intellectual… Continue Reading >>

Georgia campuses debate value of ‘closed’ presidential job searches

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 25, 2019 by Eric Stirgus |
It all seemed to happen fast, too fast, for some Georgia Tech students. State officials announced June 6 that Ángel Cabrera was the sole finalist to become the school’s next president, replacing… Continue Reading >>

Opinion: Force colleges to commit to free speech

Cincinnati Enquirer
June 25, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff & John Altman |
The University of Chicago’s Principles of Freedom of Expression ought to be standard operating procedure at every college and university. And it is time for the philanthropic community to make it their… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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