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.

Flagship bias? Longhorns, Aggies dominate UT, A&M boards of regents

Austin American-Statesman
April 13, 2018 by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz |
Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent… Continue Reading >>

Bernardo calls faculty balance a priority

The Daily Evergreen
April 13, 2018 by Yasmeen Wafai |
Provost Dan Bernardo identified the proportion of tenured to non-tenured faculty as the most important issue for achieving the “Drive to 25” during a presentation to the Faculty Senate at its last… Continue Reading >>

Campus Disrupter

The Weekly Standard
April 6, 2018 by Naomi Schaefer Riley |
"How many of you drive for a living? How many of you want to?" That's the question Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University, posed recently to an audience assembled in Washington,… Continue Reading >>

Faculty Regent proposal stalls in state gov’t

The Daily Evergreen
March 23, 2018 by Yasmeen Wafai |
A bill that would have allowed a faculty member to sit on the Board of Regents at both WSU and University of Washington remains stagnant in state government, despite university officials supporting the idea… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor: Campus speech is in crisis

The Washington Post
March 23, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
Andrew Hartman’s argument in his March 18 Outlook essay, “There is no campus crisis, there are only aggrieved customers,” foundered in the face of data and facts. A 2016 Gallup survey revealed… Continue Reading >>

Michael Poliakoff: Freedom of speech must be protected

The Virginia Pilot
March 14, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
IN 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote of the university he had founded: “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may… Continue Reading >>

What Gets Forgotten in Debates About the Liberal Arts

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 5, 2018 by Scott Carlson |
As the United States staggered out of the Great Recession, policy makers and pundits were all too eager to question the liberal arts. Philosophy, creative writing, drama, and other humanities majors were too… Continue Reading >>

In Larry Nassar’s wake, Michigan State faces hurdles in finding the right president

Lansing State Journal
February 21, 2018 by RJ Wolcott |
EAST LANSING - Michigan State University is embarking on its first nationwide search for a new leader in 25 years.  And it's facing one massive challenge, experts say: drawing in the best candidates… Continue Reading >>

Despite calls for resignation, Michigan State’s trustees say they’re not going anywhere

Michigan Live
February 17, 2018 by Lauren Gibbons |
Michigan State University has seen an administrative upheaval over the last several weeks as the fallout from former MSU doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse continues, with its president, athletic… Continue Reading >>

Gubernatorial appointment “cleanest way” to ensure accountability in university trustees

Michigan Public Radio
February 7, 2018 |
For the full Michigan Radio interview of ACTA President Michael Poliakoff, click here. The Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal resulted in a tidal wave of criticism aimed at, among others, the Michigan State University… Continue Reading >>

A civics lesson

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 5, 2018 |
The state will soon require that all high school graduates pass a simple civics test, the kind that the country requires of immigrants coming to these shores. The kids may gripe, but they gripe about the math… Continue Reading >>

MSU’s Engler not unprecedented for not having doctorate

The Detroit News
January 31, 2018 by Jennifer Chambers |
John Engler has plenty of company when it comes to leading large, higher-education institutions across America without holding a Ph.D. The former Michigan governor, installed on Wednesday as interim president… Continue Reading >>

Trustees Take Heat

Inside Higher Ed
January 29, 2018 by Rick Seltzer |
The exploding time bomb of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal continues to rip through Michigan State University’s upper levels, with the university’s athletic director stepping down Friday,… Continue Reading >>

MSU trustees absent, overrun by Nassar scandal

The Detroit News
January 25, 2018 by Daniel Howes |
Michigan is the only state in the country that uses at-large statewide ballots to elect trustees for its flagship universities — and that’s a problem. There’s a lot less accountability in… Continue Reading >>

A Worrisome Policy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2018 by Elliott Cole & Brianna Suggs |
This op-ed appeared in both print and online editions of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Throughout our nation's history, academic freedom has been a catalyst for inquiry and discovery on college… Continue Reading >>
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