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.

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 guidance...

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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...

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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 and...

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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...

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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...

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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 in...

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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...

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Higher Ed Reform Group Defends Alabama Policymakers as Accreditor Meddles with University Governance

January 27, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni—an advocacy organization which has long urged stronger oversight and accountability in higher education—criticized the decision by the Southern...

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Higher Ed Watchdog Criticizes Colby-Sawyer College’s Decision to Cut English and Philosophy Majors

January 18, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni—a higher education reform organization which has long advocated for high academic standards and rigorous core requirements at America’s colleges...

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As CFP National Championship Approaches, Reformers Call for Oversight of College Football Spending

January 5, 2017 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—As Americans tune in Monday for the College Football Playoff National Championship to watch the Clemson Tigers rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide, higher education reformers are...

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ACTA Reasserts North Carolina Governor’s Appointing Authority for University Trustees

December 20, 2016 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni  released a statement in opposition to a proposal by North Carolina legislators to strip Governor-elect Roy Cooper of his ability to make board...

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Statement on UPenn’s Removal of Shakespeare from the English Department—Literally and Figuratively

December 14, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, DC—In response to the student-led and faculty-supported removal of William Shakespeare’s portrait from the English Department's building, Dr. Michael B. Poliakoff, president of the American...

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ACTA Praises UVA Board of Visitors’ Effort to Curb Tuition Rates

November 17, 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC—On Thursday, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) praised the University of Virginia Board of Visitors for pursuing options that would reduce tuition rates. UVA already has...

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ACTA Raises Concern Over Restricting Trustee Speech and Debate

September 16, 2016 by ACTA |

WASHINGTON, DC— The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today expressed concern about Pennsylvania State University’s Board of Trustees’ vote to discourage its members from expressing...

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ACTA Applauds the University of Chicago’s Bold Leadership on Academic Freedom

September 12, 2016 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today praised the University of Chicago for its commitment to free speech and academic freedom. Chicago’s undergraduate Dean of Students Jay Ellison welcomed...

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