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.

Reports

ACTA's reports address key issues of higher education quality and effectiveness. They examine and analyze such topics as curricular standards and academic rigor, the academic freedom of faculty and students, cost-effectiveness and allocation of resources, responsible governance, and how attentive institutions are to the needs of their students.

What Will They Learn? 2016-17

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
September 2016 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the seventh edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. Early this year, in a Gallup survey of universities,...

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No U.S. History?

How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major
July 2016 |

Just as July 4th celebrations are set to begin, ACTA's new report, No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major, reveals...

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Temperate Radicals

2015 Annual Report
March 2016 by ACTA |

In 2015, ACTA celebrated 20 years of hard-charging higher education reform. And what a story we have to tell. Once a lone voice in the wilderness, ACTA is now leading...

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A Crisis in Civic Education

January 2016 by ACTA |

The Founders admonished that informed, engaged citizens would be the indispensable guardian of our liberty. ACTA’s surveys, however, administered over the past two...

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The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum

November 2015 by Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips & Michael B. Poliakoff |

ACTA's report The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum reveals that the vast array of course choices given to college students is a cause of exploding costs and poor...

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What WIll They Learn? 2015-16

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2015 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe that our...

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The Unkindest Cut

Shakespeare in Exile 2015
April 2015 by ACTA |

Read and admired throughout the world, Shakespeare’s plays and poetry have been the guiding light of statesmen, of authors, and of artists. His writings are the...

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Bold Leadership Real Reform Annual Report

American Council of Trustees and Alumni 2014
March 2015 by ACTA |

Higher education has never been more "front and center"—almost daily we hear about spiraling costs, the lack of academic rigor, and the stifling political correctness...

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Bold Leadership, Real Reform

Best Practices in University Governance
February 2015 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Drawing on the experiences of universities across the country, Bold Leadership, Real Reform: Best Practices in University Governance details what works in higher...

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What Will They Learn? 2014-15

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2014 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe that our...

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Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees
August 2014 by Benno C. Schmidt |

Governance for a New Era, a blueprint for higher education governance, is the product of a summit facilitated by ACTA and chaired by Benno Schmidt, City University of...

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Getting What You Pay For?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Public Universities
April 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA today released a report that finds the country’s leading public institutions fail students and the American people in several key areas. Getting What You Pay For?...

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HIGHER

2013 Annual Report
March 2014 by ACTA |

Setting a Higher Bar for Higher Ed. ACTA is leading the charge to return "higher" to higher education. We are challenging the status quo to restore academic freedom,...

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Education or Reputation?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges
January 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA today released a report that examines the country’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges. Despite endowments soaring as high as $1.8 billion, nearly all...

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What Will They Learn? 2013-14

October 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA’s fifth edition of What Will They Learn?™ highlights the tremendous disconnect between perception and reality at America’s colleges and universities on issues of...

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