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.

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 curricular...

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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 Learn?™.

Now...

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Northeast College Standards Remain Sub-Par According to Annual Survey

November 14, 2017 |

WASHINGTON, DC—Northeastern colleges and universities overall continue to perform below the national average in general education, according to the latest data from the American Council of Trustees and...

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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 of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 the...

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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,...

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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 in...

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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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October 16, 2017 by Karen Hyman