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 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… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement: Association of Governing Boards Shows True Colors

July 6, 2016 by ACTA |
Whose side is AGB—the Association of Governing Boards—on? One would think that an organization with that name would be in favor of empowered trustees. But think again.  AGB is, first and foremost,… Continue Reading >>

Anne D. Neal’s Statement on Final Clubs

May 16, 2016 by Anne D. Neal |
Harvard University’s decision to penalize students who join single-sex clubs off campus violates the most basic principles of freedom of association and marks a vast overreach by Harvard’s administration.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Praises AAUP Report, “The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX”; Outlines Litigation Option

March 25, 2016 by Anne D. Neal |
Let us join in the chorus of those praising the recent American Association of University Professors (AAUP) statement, “The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX.”  In it, AAUP rightly criticizes… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement: Trustees Need to Protect Free Speech and the Rule of Law

November 20, 2015 by ACTA |
Racism has been a cancer within American society and its consequences must be addressed. The American university should rightly be at the forefront of that discussion—a place where reasoned debate is… Continue Reading >>

ACTA’s Statement on Penn State Trustees’ Access to Freeh Report

November 20, 2015 by ACTA |
Obtaining information for appropriate oversight is indeed a trustee right. At the same time, handling sensitive information in a responsible manner is essential to maintaining the public trust, especially urgent… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Announces Misgivings about AAU’s Sexual Assault Survey

September 25, 2015 |
Sexual assault is a serious and important concern in higher education, as it is in all other communities. Incidents of sexual assault need to be investigated by the proper authorities and adjudicated in criminal… Continue Reading >>

Statement on Johns Hopkins University’s Adoption of Academic Freedom Policy

September 16, 2015 |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today praised the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees for adopting a statement upholding academic freedom, and called on college and university governing… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Anne D. Neal’s Statement on New University of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld

September 4, 2015 by Anne D. Neal |
Higher education is facing many challenges and institutions wedded to the status quo will have a bleak future.  Governance for a new era requires boards to be laser-focused on examining  candidates… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement on the ASA’s Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

December 17, 2013 |
It’s no wonder that the public is losing trust in the academy since too many faculty no longer endorse unfettered discussion and debate. The American Studies Association’s decision to endorse a… Continue Reading >>

Statement from Anne Neal on a new report from the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

American Council of Trustees and Alumni
June 19, 2013 by Anne D. Neal |
The liberal arts are in crisis. And the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences knows it.  The Commission’s report, The Heart of the Matter, confirms broad problems with curricula, teacher… Continue Reading >>

Statement of Anne Neal, President of ACTA, on the Return of ROTC to Yale

May 26, 2011 |
WASHINGTON, DC—"We praise the Yale Corporation for bridging the troubling chasm between the academy and the military," Neal said. "By underscoring that defense of our liberties is an important form of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement on Squeeze Play 2010: Public Attitudes About College Access and Affordability

February 17, 2010 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Responding to the release of the latest Squeeze Play report by Public Agenda and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Anne D. Neal, president of the American Council… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Statement on Stevens Institute of Technology Settlement

January 19, 2010 |
WASHINGTON, DC—Following the announcement of a settlement in the litigation between the state of New Jersey and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Anne D. Neal, president of the American Council of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Applauds Constructive Alumni Engagement at Harvard

June 4, 2009 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni issued the following statement regarding the election for the Harvard Board of Overseers, results of which were announced today. Candidates slated… Continue Reading >>
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