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.

Newsletters

Inside Academe is ACTA's quarterly newsletter with updates on ACTA's key accomplishments throughout the year, including success stories of colleges and universities that take positive steps to improve academic quality and increase higher education affordability.

Inside Academe Vol. XIII No. 3

May 2018 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXIII No. 2

March 2018 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXIII No. 1

November 2017 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXII No. 4

August 2017 |

Front Page: New ACTA Guide Takes on Administrative Costs. It is widely acknowledged that a college degree is a basic prerequisite for securing good long-term employment in America. Yet, college tuition continues to rise at a rate that outpaces inflation.

Inside Academe Vol. XXII No. 3

May 2017 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXII No. 2

March 2017 |

Front Page: An Agenda for Trustees in 2017: For more than two decades, ACTA has been the go-to resource for college and university trustees, as they work to address issues of cost, quality, and oversight.

Inside Academe Vol. XXII No. 1

December 2016 |

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."

Inside Academe Vol. XXI No. 4

August 2016 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXI No. 3

May 2016 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXI No. 2

February 2016 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XXI No. 1

December 2015 |

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.

Inside Academe Vol. XX No. 4

August 2015 |

Front Page: ACTA Testifies on Accreditation in the Senate. In June, ACTA was again invited to provide expert testimony on the controversy surrounding college accreditation.

Inside Academe Vol. XX No. 3

June 2015 |

Front Page: Athletics and Academic Excellence. When yet more shocking details of the athletics scandal at UNC Chapel Hill broke this past fall, ACTA was with the New York Post in declaring that it wasn’t really about athletics at all—it was all about empty degrees.

Inside Academe Vol. XX No. 2

February 2015 |

Front Page: ACTA Celebrates 20 Years of Promoting Academic Freedom and Excellence. Twenty years ago, on March 17, 1995, ACTA’s founding president, Jerry Martin, and ACTA’s current president, Anne Neal, developed a vision and a strategy to restore academic freedom and academic excellence to American higher education.

Inside Academe Vol. XX No. 1

December 2014 |

Front Page: National Higher Ed Leaders Call for a New Era in University Governance. Led by Benno C. Schmidt, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and past president of Yale University, a distinguished group of higher education leaders gathered in New York City to discuss the urgency of reforming higher education governance.

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