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.

Florida Dept. of Education Action on Civic Education is Wrong

May 13, 2020 |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has long been impressed with Florida’s commitment to improving civic education. The state passed legislation in 2017 to address a well-documented crisis… Continue Reading >>

ACTA COVID-19 Statement

March 20, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
The hero of Virgil’s epic masterpiece, the Aeneid, written over two millennia ago, offered his companions this comfort: “Summon up your courage and dismiss grim fear. God will bring an end to these… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement on President Bollinger’s Statement on Divestment Referendum

March 13, 2020 |
In late November, Columbia University’s Student Council voted to put the question of whether to recommend that the university divest “from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s… Continue Reading >>

Virginia bill to provide continuing education for trustees

February 28, 2020 |
Earlier this week Virginia’s House and Senate unanimously passed an act which would provide continuing education for trustees. This bill revised an existing statute which requires that new trustees receive… Continue Reading >>

Trump Administration Moves to Address Campus Anti-Semitism

December 13, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
On Wednesday, December 11, President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism,” a measure designed to counter anti-Semitism at colleges and universities eligible to receive federal… Continue Reading >>

Former ACTA Board Member Edwin Meese Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

October 11, 2019 |
On Wednesday, October 9, at a White House ceremony, the Honorable Edwin Meese III received the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Donald Trump praised the former Attorney… Continue Reading >>

Governor, University Officials Reach Productive Compromise on Budget Cuts

August 16, 2019 |
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and University of Alaska System officials announced on Tuesday that they had reached a compromise agreement to modify the proposed $136 million funding cut to the University of… Continue Reading >>

Court Bolsters Academic Freedom by Overruling Fordham University on Students for Justice in Palestine—But Fordham Should Be Vigilant

August 7, 2019 |
New York State judge Nancy M. Bannon recently ordered Fordham University to recognize a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)—a student organization that has become central in the Boycott,… Continue Reading >>

Alaska State Legislature Considers Staggering Higher Education Budget Cut

July 9, 2019 |
The Alaska State Legislature failed to avert a proposed $444 million state budget cut, $130 million of which will be coming out of the state’s higher education system. Constituting 41% of the University… Continue Reading >>

Department of Education Proposes Promising Accreditation Reforms

June 13, 2019 |
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education issued a proposal to loosen federal standards for accreditors. The stated intent of the proposal is to ignite more innovation in higher education as rigid accreditation… Continue Reading >>

Harvard University Caves to the Mob

May 13, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., a distinguished professor at Harvard Law School and its first black faculty dean, has been embroiled in controversy since he decided to provide legal counsel to Harvey Weinstein, the… Continue Reading >>

University of Minnesota Board Strikes Down Building Renaming

May 1, 2019 |
The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents debated extensively about whether or not to rename buildings that honor leaders of the University who were involved in the segregation of campus housing… Continue Reading >>

Wallace Hall, University of Texas Admissions Whistleblower, Receives Apology

April 11, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
In response to the recent nationwide college admissions scandal, the Student Government of the University of Texas–Austin has proposed an apology to Wallace Hall—a former member of the University… Continue Reading >>

Edwin Williamson Is Elected Board Chairman at ACTA

April 9, 2019 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that Edwin Williamson has been elected as the new chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Williamson is a former chairman of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President sees momentum for positive change in White House Executive Order

March 25, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
On March 21, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that intends to protect free speech on American college campuses. The order will restrict federal research funding to those institutions that… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Richard Gilder

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