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.

ACTA Statements

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.

South Dakota University System Policy will Promote Free Expression and Intellectual Diversity

December 14, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
The South Dakota University System’s Board of Regents gathered on December 4–6 to update the university system’s policy manual to protect and strengthen freedom of speech and intellectual… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Issues Statement on Central European University (CEU)

December 10, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
WASHINGTON, DC—After a lengthy legal battle with authorities, Central European University (CEU), a graduate-level, private American-accredited university that has operated in Vienna and Budapest… Continue Reading >>

Christopher Newport University’s Free Speech Policy will Strengthen Environment for Freedom of Expression

November 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President Paul Trible shared with the Christopher Newport University (CNU) community a statement confirming its commitment to protecting and strengthening freedom of expression… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Welcomes Brandeis University’s Free Speech Policy

November 6, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
WASHINGTON, DC—Brandeis University has affirmed what it calls the “Principles of Free Speech and Free Expression,” laying the groundwork for the free exchange of ideas that is vital to providing… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Addresses Department of Education Session on Accreditation

September 6, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
WASHINGTON, DC—ACTA President Dr. Michael Poliakoff today urged the U.S. Department of Education to act on reforming the nation’s system of accreditation, citing declining confidence in higher education,… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Issues Statement on the Miller Center’s Appointment of Marc Short

August 3, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
WASHINGTON, DC—The Miller Center at the University of Virginia, a nonpartisan affiliate of the university dedicated to the study of the American presidency, recently took a principled stand in support… Continue Reading >>

Founding Member of ACTA Endorses Candidate in Yale Election

July 26, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
WASHINGTON, DC—Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, a founding member of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), recently issued a statement in support of a Yale University alumnus who is a… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges Evergreen State to Embrace Chicago Principles

June 19, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today sent a forceful letter to the board of trustees at Evergreen State University, warning of the consequences of inaction in light… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Praises Department of Education Decision to Revisit Title IX Guidance

September 7, 2017 by Christine Ravold |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today praised the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to replace its current guidance on campus sexual assault and submit new… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Issues Statement on Charlottesville Protests

August 21, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |
“On August 12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia and the Grounds of the University of Virginia became the target of a fringe group of extremists and xenophobes who sought to publicize and validate their… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Cheers the Modern Language Association’s Decisive Vote Opposing BDS

June 15, 2017 by Christine Ravold |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today offered strong praise for members of the Modern Language Association (MLA), who overwhelmingly voted to refrain from an academic… Continue Reading >>

Yale Alumni Deserve Open Elections—and Discourse

May 4, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |
WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a Washington-based independent higher education watchdog, released a statement supporting a petition circulated by alumni of Yale University… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges Indiana University Trustees to Stand for Academic Freedom

April 10, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a leading higher education reform organization, today sent a letter to the Indiana University Board of Trustees, urging them proactively… Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed Accountability Watchdog Urges UC Regents Not to Raise the Cap on Out-of-State Students

March 13, 2017 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a national higher education accountability group based in Washington, DC, criticized a proposal to cap out-of-state enrollment… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Condemns Flagrant Violation of Free Speech and Academic Freedom at Middlebury College

March 6, 2017 by Christine Ravold |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) condemned today the actions of students and outside protesters at Middlebury College who disrupted an invited lecture by social scientist… Continue Reading >>
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