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.

Press Releases

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.

Higher Education Reform Group Welcomes New Chief of Policy and Programs

July 20, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the leading independent nonprofit higher education advocacy organization, announced the addition of Karen Hyman as the organization’s...

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Fund for Academic Renewal Adds Talent to Its Growing Operation

June 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, announced today the hiring of Mr. Rushad Thomas as its new program manager. Mr. Thomas will...

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Teaching of Traditional Liberal Arts Receives an Untraditional Boost through Special Purpose Funds

June 16, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR) has created five Special Purpose Funds, designed specifically to help individual donors pool their resources with those of others who want to support...

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University of Chicago President to Receive National Award for Commitment to Academic Freedom

May 11, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer will receive its most prestigious award, in honor of the University’s...

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New Trustee Guide Explores Innovative Practices for Reducing Costs and Maintaining Academic Quality

May 4, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today unveiled its second guide on university best practices for trustees, identifying innovative approaches college and university...

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Higher Education Reformers Named to Donor Advisory Board for the Fund for Academic Renewal

March 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR) announced the appointment of a distinguished group of education leaders from the frontlines of higher education, philanthropy, and stewardship as...

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Higher Ed Reform Group Issues New Report on Academic Freedom

March 9, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a national higher education reform group, today released a new essay describing how the international movement to pressure universities...

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ACTA Senior Fellow Reappointed to Accreditation Advisory Committee

February 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced that Senior Fellow and former President Anne D. Neal has been reappointed to the National Advisory Committee on...

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Fund for Academic Renewal Appoints Leading Law Firm on Nonprofit Issues as Legal Advisor

February 7, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR) has named Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP as its legal advisor to assist FAR on guiding donors in developing transformative gifts to higher education. ... Continue Reading >>

Report Card: Illinois Colleges and Universities Earn Low Marks for Liberal Arts Requirements

December 9, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—Illinois colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge and career preparation because of their weak curricular requirements,...

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Georgia Colleges Earn High Marks on Annual Liberal Arts Report Card

December 8, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC —Georgia institutions of higher education ranked above average in general education, according to the new What Will They Learn? report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni...

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Report Card: Colorado Colleges and Universities Get Rocky Reviews for Graduation Requirements

December 7, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC —An alarming new report found that students at most schools in the Centennial State can graduate from college without completing courses in core subjects. For example, instead of having to...

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ACTA Announces Major Expansion, New Leader of Fund for Academic Renewal

December 6, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)—an organization well-known for its research and advocacy in support of academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability in...

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Empty State of Mind: Most New York Colleges and Universities Leave Students Underprepared

November 21, 2016 |

WASHINGTON—New York colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge. Because of the weak requirements that they set, their students are...

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California Dreaming: Liberal Arts Requirements Just an Illusion at Most Colleges in the Golden State

November 17, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—California colleges and universities are leaving large numbers of graduates with significant gaps in their knowledge and ill-prepared for careers, according to the latest edition of What...

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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger

A Future President’s History Lessons

July 4, 2017 by Rushad Thomas

Keeping Track of Colleges—and Students

June 29, 2017 by Rushad Thomas