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.

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 (ACTA).… 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 accountability… 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 What… 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 Alumni (ACTA).… 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 of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) reveals a troubling lack of knowledge about basic aspects of elections… 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 Ferguson… 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 found that the majority of colleges have inadequate core curricula. Of… 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 >>

More than 2/3 of Top U.S. Colleges Fail to Require History Majors to Take a Course on U.S. History

July 1, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Less than one-third of the colleges and universities in the United States annually ranked as the country’s best schools require students pursuing a degree in history to take a single… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Michael Poliakoff To Be ACTA’s Next President

May 11, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni Board of Directors has chosen Dr. Michael Poliakoff to serve as ACTA’s next president, effective July 1. Dr. Poliakoff is currently ACTA’s… Continue Reading >>

California’s Brand New St. Katherine College Earns An “A”  For Its Core Curriculum

May 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced that San Diego-based St. Katherine College has earned an “A” rating in the nationwide What Will They Learn?… Continue Reading >>

CUNY Administration Does the Right Thing for Students

January 15, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Students at the City University of New York owe a big thanks to the school’s administration, which, this week, blocked implementation of a misguided overhaul of the CUNY general education… Continue Reading >>

New Report Exposes the Crisis in Civic Education among College Students

January 13, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC— In its latest report, A Crisis in Civic Education, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni concludes that the vast national expenditure on civic literacy over the last two decades… Continue Reading >>
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