ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.
Front Page: José Cabranes to be Honored with Merrill Award. ACTA is pleased to announce the winner of our 2019 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, The Honorable José A. Cabranes, who will receive the award at our 2019 ATHENA Merrill Award Gala.
Front Page: ACTA Launches a Dynamic New Website for Trustees. College debt is placing a crushing burden on students and their families and continues to rise at an unsustainable rate, causing many concerned Americans to ask, “How are colleges spending their money?” At a public launch held at the National Press Club on January 30, ACTA released a new website that answers this question and empowers university leadership with the tools they need to ensure they are using their funds wisely and effectively.
Front Page: Leaders Meets at 22nd ATHENA Roundtable First Principles of Higher Education Leadership—Protecting Freedom, Safeguarding Value. On October 12, 130 ACTA friends, including 17 students, came together for engaged discussion and problem solving at our 2018 ATHENA Roundtable.
Front Page: Better Angels Counters Polarization on Campus. As the Washington Post reported earlier this year, political scientists from several universities found that great numbers of Americans "dehumanize" those who oppose their political views.
Front Page: Mitch Daniels Wins 2018 Merrill Award. ACTA’s Merrill Award Selection Committee has announced the winner of the 2018 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education: former Governor of Indiana and current Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Front Page: A Conversation with President Carlos Campo. ACTA has worked tirelessly to urge colleges and universities to safeguard freedom of speech on their campuses. The opportunity to express ideas freely and to engage in different ways of thinking helps develop the capacities at the heart of a comprehensive liberal arts education and a successful work-life.
Front Page: ATHENA Roundtable 2017. ACTA’s 2017 ATHENA Roundtable conference, “Restoring Excellence: Ideas that Work for 21st Century College Leadership,” is our largest conference to date. The event, held on October 20 in Washington, DC, brought together innovators in higher education and leading scholars to address the continuing challenges facing campuses nationwide.
Front Page: Robert J. Zimmer Wins Merrill Award. When ACTA friends and supporters convene in October for the ATHENA Roundtable conference, ACTA will present the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago.
Front Page: ATHENA Roundtable 2016: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, and Civic Responsibility. Entering its third decade of hard-charging higher education reform, ACTA brought together a group of distinguished scholars and thought leaders for its 2016 ATHENA Roundtable Conference, "Higher Education, Academic Freedom, and Civic Responsibility."
Front Page: ACTA Releases No U.S. History? Report. Over the past decade, ACTA has repeatedly called attention to the troubling pattern of historical and civic illiteracy among U.S. college graduates. In surveys commissioned by ACTA, less than 20% of respondents could correctly identify—in a multiple-choice survey—the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Front Page: Niall Ferguson & Ayaan Hirsi Ali Win Merrill Award. As ACTA enters into its third decade of higher education reform, historian Niall Ferguson and human-rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be the 2016 recipients of the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.
Front Page: ACTA Documents Crisis in Civic Education. Over a decade ago, ACTA raised the alarm that the United States urgently needed better civic education.... There has been little improvement, and in January 2016, ACTA followed up with A Crisis in Civic Education.
Front Page: ACTA Celebrates 20 Years! In 1995, a group of bold visionaries made an honest assessment of American higher education and committed themselves to raising academic standards, resisting political correctness, and giving greater voice to trustees and alumni in shaping the policies of their institutions.