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 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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 Institutional… Continue Reading >>

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… 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,… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 ill-prepared… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Students Find Strong Liberal Arts Programs

November 16, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—Texas 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… Continue Reading >>

Electorally Illiterate: Poll Finds Troubling Lack of Knowledge about Elections and the Economy

October 27, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—Days before Americans cast their ballots, a new survey released by the American Council… Continue Reading >>

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson to Receive Award at Annual Higher Education Conference

October 19, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) will present the 12th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall… Continue Reading >>

Survey: Weak Course Requirements the Norm at Most Liberal Arts Programs Nationwide

September 29, 2016 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released the 8th edition of its signature What Will They Learn? report, which… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Welcomes Dr. Kenneth Kolson as VP of Policy and Programs

July 19, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni announced on Wednesday, July 19, that Dr. Kenneth Kolson will become ACTA’s new vice president of policy and programs. Dr. Kolson comes… Continue Reading >>

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