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.

Momentum

Restoring the Promise of Higher Education
March 2018 by ACTA |
ACTA has gone from strength to strength in advancing our mission to ensure that American higher education is the finest in the world. We have led schools, from coast to coast,… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2017-18

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2017 by ACTA |
The idealism of the information age has given way to serious concerns about the proliferation of misinformation, which travels faster than you can say “retweet.”… Continue Reading >>

How Much is Too Much?

Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight
July 2017 by ACTA |
With recent research from the Institute for Higher Education Policy showing that college is unaffordable for as many as 70% of working- and middle-class students, concerns… Continue Reading >>

Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0

Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding Opportunity
April 2017 by ACTA |
Trustees face complex choices related to costs and efficiency as they navigate new accountability policies, financial headwinds, and a changing global marketplace for college… Continue Reading >>

Calling to Account

2016 Annual Report
March 2017 by ACTA |
ACTA is turning the tide and calling colleges and universities to account. We are making significant progress in our campaign to make higher education accountable, affordable,… Continue Reading >>

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, nearly… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 the… Continue Reading >>

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 decades,… Continue Reading >>

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 academic… Continue Reading >>

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 colleges… Continue Reading >>

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 indispensable… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 education.… Continue Reading >>

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 colleges… Continue Reading >>
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