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.

ACTA Releases National Rating of Over 1,100 Colleges and Universities

October 5, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released the 2015–16 edition of What Will They Learn?, a review of more than 1,100 institutions across the country. The results… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Joins Constitutional Literacy Campaign

September 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today joined a coalition of nonpartisan organizations to launch the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign. This campaign coincides… Continue Reading >>

College Graduates Don’t Know Basic Facts About the Constitution

September 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released a survey that shows how little college graduates and the general public know about the Constitution. According to the… Continue Reading >>

Molly Mitchell Named Director of Communications of American Council of Trustees and Alumni

August 18, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—American Council of Trustees and Alumni president Anne D. Neal announced today the hiring of Molly Mitchell as Press Secretary and Director of Communications. “We’re delighted… Continue Reading >>

Hank Brown to Receive 2015 Merrill Award

June 5, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni announced today the selection of Hank Brown as the recipient of the 2015 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liberal Arts.… Continue Reading >>

Former Olympian and Maryland Regent Tom McMillen: Athletic Scandals Can Be Avoided With Oversight

May 13, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Athletic scandals like the ones that plagued Penn State, Syracuse, and the University of North Carolina could have been mitigated or avoided with more trustee oversight. That’s the… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Wins the Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Salvatori Prize

May 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Today the Heritage Foundation awarded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni the 2015 Salvatori Prize in recognition of ACTA’s What Will They Learn?™ project and its historical… Continue Reading >>

Less than 8% of Top Colleges Require English Majors to Take a Course Focused on Shakespeare

April 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—To be or not to be educated: that is the question. On the day widely regarded as William Shakespeare’s birthday, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni released a study that… Continue Reading >>

Survey: Half of Americans Don’t Know When the Civil War Took Place

April 14, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—On the 150th anniversary of the tragic night when John Wilkes Booth  slipped into Ford’s Theater and shot President Abraham Lincoln, a survey released by the American Council… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Launches Inaugural Podcast for Trustees

March 17, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Today the American Council of Trustees and Alumni launched the first segment of “Higher Ed Now,” a series of podcasts to help college and university trustees better perform… Continue Reading >>

New Trustee Action Plan Outlines Steps for Higher Education Reform

November 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON, DC—In the face of growing public concern about quality and cost, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni today issued an action plan for college and university trustees to assist them… Continue Reading >>

Christopher Newport University Becomes Only Public Institution in the Country to Earn a Perfect “A”

October 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today announced that Christopher Newport University is the only public institution in the United States to earn a perfect seven-out-of-seven… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Releases Study of 1,098 Colleges and Universities

October 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2014-2015 edition of What Will They Learn?, which peels away reputation to assess what value students are actually getting… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Scheduled for December 8

September 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to reaffirm the private non-delegation doctrine. The brief was filed in the case of… Continue Reading >>

Americans’ Limited Knowledge of the Roosevelts Shows Need for Colleges to Restore American History

September 17, 2014 |
Only 18% of Colleges Require Even a Single Course in American History or Government WASHINGTON, DC—As Ken Burns’ documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” airs this week, the… Continue Reading >>
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