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.

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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.

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 >>

South Dakota Enacts Bill to Promote Intellectual Diversity

March 20, 2019 |
Last week, the South Dakota State Legislature passed an act to promote free speech and intellectual diversity at public institutions of higher education. On Wednesday March 20th, South Dakota’s governor,… Continue Reading >>

The College Admissions Scandal: A Call to Action

Michael Poliakoff
March 15, 2019 |
On March 12, the Department of Justice released an affidavit which implicated dozens of individuals in a fraudulent scheme to obtain college admissions through bribery, cheating on standardized tests, false… Continue Reading >>

Nevada System of Higher Education Adopts Chicago Statement on Free Expression

March 12, 2019 |
The Nevada System of Higher Education recently became the 58th institution or system of higher education formally to adopt the Chicago Statement on Free Expression—a 2014 statement by the University of… Continue Reading >>

South Dakota Reconsiders Free Speech Legislation

March 5, 2019 |
After passing through South Dakota’s House, a bill to ensure that freedom of expression and intellectual diversity be protected at all of South Dakota’s campuses died in the Senate State Affairs… Continue Reading >>

Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom Becomes 68th Member of ACTA’s Oases of Excellence Network

February 27, 2019 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has added the Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom (CAIF) at Northern Michigan University to the Oases of Excellence network.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges UPenn to Improve Free Speech Track Record

February 20, 2019 by ACTA |
Yesterday, ACTA  sent a letter to all members of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania imploring them to revisit the University's implementation of its own academic freedom policies at… Continue Reading >>
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