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. XIX No. 1

March 2014 |

Front Page: TIME Magazine Leads with ACTA. ACTA continues to build national consensus for high academic standards and a broad and rigorous core curriculum. Our impact is evident in TIME magazine's October 7th cover story, "Class of 2025: How They'll Learn and What They'll Pay," which led with ACTA's research.

Inside Academe Vol. XVIII No. 4

September 2013 |

Front Page: Tackling Accreditation Reform on Capitol Hill. On June 13, ACTA president Anne Neal delivered hard-hitting testimony at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on how college accreditors fail to ensure academic quality and educational effectiveness.

Inside Academe Vol. XVIII No. 3

May 2013 |

Front Page: A Clarion Call for Academic Freedom: Conference Underscores Trustees' Obligation to Protect Intellectual Diversity. ACTA hosts "Free to Teach, Free to Learn," trustee conference on understanding and maintaining academic freedom in higher education, in NYC moderated by CUNY Board of Trustees chairman Benno Schmidt.

Inside Academe Vol. XVIII No. 2

April 2013 |

Front Page: ACTA Files Complaint Against Accreditors. On New Year's Eve, 2012, ACTA challenged the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)—the main accrediting body in the south—over its intrusion into governance at the University of Virginia.

Inside Academe VolXVIII No. 1

December 2012 |

Front Page: What Will They Learn?™ Shakes Up Higher Ed, Schools Reform in Response to ACTA Research. ACTA reports on the release of ACTA's fourth annual What Will They Learn?™ ratings in the fall and discusses the dismal results of ACTA's American History Literacy Survey of recent college graduates conducted by polling firm GfK Roper.

Inside Academe Vol. XVII No. 4

August 2012 |

Front Page: Penn State: ACTA and Former FBI Director Ask, "Where Were the Trustees?" ACTA reports on its coverage of the Penn State scandal and is contacted by the Pennsylvania State Auditor General for recommendations on best practices in board structure, size, and selection.

Inside Academe Vol. XVII No. 3

May 2012 |

Front Page: Renewing California's Dream for Higher Ed. ACTA releases it's newest state report, Best Laid Plans: The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California, which analyzes the troubling trends in the nation's most admired state system of higher education.

Inside Academe Vol. XVII No. 2

February 2012 |

Front Page: New Report Shines Light on Virginia Higher Ed. ACTA releases The Diffusion of Light and Education: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Education in Virginia.

Inside Academe Vol. XVII No. 1

November 2011 |

Front Page: What Will They Learn? Report Tells Students What College Rankings Won't. ACTA releases it's newest school ratings, evaluating over 1,000 institutions nationwide.

Inside Academe Vol. XVI No. 4

August 2011 |

Front Page: David McCullough Wins Merrill Award. ACTA announces the acclaimed historian's plans to speak at the ATHENA dinner.

Inside Academe Vol. XVI No. 3

May 2011 |

Front Page: As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation. ACTA releases its most recent state report card on public higher education, Made in Maine.

Inside Academe Vol. XVI No. 2

February 2011 |

Front Page: Intelligent Donors Provide Oases of Excellence. ACTA releases the second edition of The Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving, a step-by-step guide on how donors can make sure their money is spent according to their wishes.

Inside Academe Vol. XVI No. 1

November 2010 |

Front Page: Trustee Benno Schmidt Wins Merrill Award. ACTA presents the sixth annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to Benno Schmidt, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York.

Inside Academe Vol. XV No. 4

August 2010 |

Front Page: WhatWillTheyLearn.com Expands to Over 700 Schools. ACTA releases new school ratings to a flurry of media coverage across the nation.

Inside Academe Vol. XV No. 3

May 2010 |

Front Page: A Fight for Academic Excellence Rages in Arkansas. ACTA reports on the administration's efforts at Arkansas' flagship university to throw away a core curriculum that is head and shoulders above the rest in the country.

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