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.

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 institutions increased tuition during the Great Recession to finance bloated administrative spending, with many college presidents enjoying salaries higher than Barack Obama’s. Education or Reputation? peels back reputation to find out what students are really getting for their diploma’s $240,000 price tag.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

The residential liberal arts college is a distinctively American tradition, and for generations its distinguishing feature has been the broad, yet rigorous intellectual experience in the arts and sciences that it required of all students. Continue Reading >>

Press

The diminishing returns of a college education

Washington Post
January 28, 2014 by Kathleen Parker |

President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they’re paying for.

The need for… Continue Reading >>

America’s top liberal arts schools skip U.S. history, report finds

Fox News
January 28, 2014 by Joshua Rhett Miller |

U.S. history doesn’t make the grade at the nation’s elite liberal arts colleges, where students can dodge classes on America's founding by studying electronic dance, movie animation… Continue Reading >>

These College Students Are Totally Clueless About World War II

Huffington Post
January 28, 2014 by Sarah Barness |

When college students' knowledge of World War II is put to the test, many are in the dark. Actually, some are entirely clueless.

You might think it wouldn't be too hard to answer questions… Continue Reading >>