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.

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 >>

ACTA Names Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips “Scholar-in-Residence” for 2016

January 8, 2016 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced today that Dr. Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips will serve as ACTA’s Scholar-in-Residence during 2016. Dr. Capaldi Phillips’s… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Names Former Congressman Tom McMillen University “Trustee of the Year”

December 22, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced today that former U.S. congressman and University System of Maryland regent Tom McMillen is the winner of its inaugural Jerry… Continue Reading >>

Alumni for Yale’s Future Urge Their Alma Mater to Uphold Free Speech

November 16, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Alumni for Yale’s Future sent a letter to the Yale Corporation, urging the university to adhere to the principles of free speech and academic freedom. The American Council of Trustees… Continue Reading >>

Alumni for Yale’s Future Urge Their Alma Mater to Uphold Free Speech

November 16, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Alumni for Yale’s Future sent a letter to the Yale Corporation, urging the university to adhere to the principles of free speech and academic freedom. The American Council of Trustees… Continue Reading >>

The University of Missouri’s President Resigns

November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Our society has real socioeconomic and racial challenges. Of all places, the American university should be the sanctuary where free discussion can take place to deal with these most pressing… Continue Reading >>

Bloated College Curricula Cause Exploding College Costs

November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announces the release of its newest report The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum coauthored by Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips and Michael… Continue Reading >>

Don’t Mess with Texas Curriculum

October 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON D.C.—Texas universities are keeping their promises to students and taxpayers, according to a national report released by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) called What Will… Continue Reading >>

Straight C’s for D.C. Universities

October 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON D.C.—The nation’s capital is home to important universities, but these institutions have lax academic requirements. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) annual report… Continue Reading >>

California Colleges Fall Short

October 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Students at renowned California universities like Stanford and UC–Berkeley can graduate with vast gaps in their skills and knowledge according to a national report called What Will… Continue Reading >>

MD & VA Schools Perform Well in New College Rankings

October 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The latest edition of a rating released annually by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) called What Will They Learn? shows that schools in Virginia and Maryland vary widely… Continue Reading >>
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April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff

In Memoriam: Eugene M. Grant

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff

A Respectful Collision of Ideas

April 12, 2018 by Doug Sprei and Elliott Cole