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.

Purdue University President to Receive ACTA’s National Award for Commitment to Academic Freedom and Affordability

April 25, 2018 |
Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. will receive its most prestigious award, in honor of his extraordinary leadership in promoting academic freedom, academic excellence, and cost-effective,… Continue Reading >>

ACTA’s new essay details ongoing threats to free expression on college campuses and points to best practices for higher ed leaders

April 25, 2018 |
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released its newest Perspectives on Higher Education essay: Building a Culture of Free Expression on the American College Campus:… Continue Reading >>

House HEA Bill offers ideas that can PROSPER

December 19, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC —The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today identified for special praise several initiatives of the Higher Education Act Reauthorization passed by the House Education and… Continue Reading >>

Best in the West: Private Colleges Out-Perform Publics in Annual Survey

November 14, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—There is a sharp disparity in the overall academic rigor of public and private universities in western states, according to the latest data from What Will They Learn?™, an annual… Continue Reading >>

National Survey Shows Weak Standards in Midwestern College Curricula

November 14, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—There’s room for improvement in Midwestern colleges, according to the latest edition of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) curricular survey, What Will They… Continue Reading >>

Southern Colleges Outperform Nation in Curricular Survey

November 14, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Southern colleges and universities stand out among other regions for their robust general education curricula, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) survey… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Presents Annual Award to University of Chicago President

October 19, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) will present the 13th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to University of Chicago President… Continue Reading >>

Academic Standards Weak According to Annual College Survey

October 17, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released today its ninth annual survey of college general education curricula, What Will They Learn?, spotlighting the urgent need for… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Names New Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships

September 28, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced today that Michael Deshaies has joined the ranks of higher education reformers dedicated to academic excellence, academic freedom,… Continue Reading >>

Top Higher Ed Leader Publishes New Book Designed to Crack the Code of Finding the Right College

September 11, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Anne D. Neal, senior fellow and president emerita of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), published her first book, What’s a Parent to Do? How to Help Your Child Select… Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed Reform Group Set to Convene Leading Voices on Academic Freedom and Accountability

July 27, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the leading nonprofit organization advocating for academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability in higher education,… Continue Reading >>

New Research Study Urges College Leaders and Trustees to Contain and Cut Administrative Spending

July 25, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced the latest phase of its Project on Administrative Costs with the release of a new research guide looking at national trends… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>
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