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.

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 >>

Don’t Mess with Texas Curriculum

October 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON DC—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 They… Continue Reading >>

MD & VA Schools Perform Well in New College Rankings

October 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON, DC—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 >>

Straight C’s for DC Universities

October 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON DC—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 >>

An Ivy League Let Down

October 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON DC—The Ivy League universities are justly renowned as centers of research and teaching, but there are troubling weaknesses in the curricular requirements they set for their undergraduate students.… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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