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.

Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees
August 2014 by Benno C. Schmidt |
Governance for a New Era, a blueprint for higher education governance, is the product of a summit facilitated by ACTA and chaired by Benno Schmidt, City University of New… Continue Reading >>

Getting What You Pay For?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Public Universities
April 2014 by ACTA |
ACTA today released a report that finds the country’s leading public institutions fail students and the American people in several key areas. Getting What You Pay For?… Continue Reading >>

HIGHER

2013 Annual Report
March 2014 by ACTA |
Setting a Higher Bar for Higher Ed. ACTA is leading the charge to return "higher" to higher education. We are challenging the status quo to restore academic freedom, academic… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2013-14

October 2013 by ACTA |
ACTA’s fifth edition of What Will They Learn?™ highlights the tremendous disconnect between perception and reality at America’s colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Protecting Students and Taxpayers

The Federal Government's Failed Regulatory Approach and Steps for Reform
September 2013 by Hank Brown |
When it comes to federal funding of higher education, the government's approach to quality assurance and consumer protection is a public policy and regulatory failure… Continue Reading >>

Florida Rising

An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State
June 2013 by ACTA |
ACTA’s 11th state report finds higher education in Florida has both sunny spots and storms to avoid, yet overall has strong potential to set an example for other states… Continue Reading >>

Shaping the Future of Higher Education

2012 Annual Report
March 2013 by ACTA |
Whether it's restoring a core curriculum, demanding affordability, or insisting on informed stewardship, ACTA is shaping the future of higher education by re-focusing… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2012-13

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2012 by ACTA |
ACTA releases What Will They Learn? 2012-13, the fourth edition, evaluating the general education requirements at 1,070 colleges and universities. Unlike other college rankings,… Continue Reading >>

Best Laid Plans

The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California
June 2012 by ACTA |
At a time of major fiscal crisis and growing student and faculty unrest, ACTA's report points the finger at California's college and university trustees as both the… Continue Reading >>

An Educated Citizenry

2011 Annual Report
March 2012 by ACTA |
As David McCullough states, "ACTA, like no other organization is reaching out to trustees and alumni to insist on a quality liberal arts education that is fundamental to an… Continue Reading >>

Diffusion of Light and Education

A State Report Card on Public Higher Education in Virginia
January 2012 by ACTA |
ACTA releases the ninth in its series of state reports—this one on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The report—The Diffusion of Light and Education—outlines… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2011-12

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 2011 by ACTA |
ACTA has expanded its groundbreaking analysis of college curricula, What Will They Learn?, in response to the single most common demand: review more schools! The 2011-12 expansion… Continue Reading >>

Prepared in Mind and Resources?

A Report on Public Higher Education in South Carolina
October 2011 by ACTA |
This report focuses on three key aspects of public higher education in the state of South Carolina: cost and effectiveness, general education requirements, and governance… Continue Reading >>

The Intelligent Donor’s Guide to College Giving

Second Edition
April 2011 by Anne D. Neal by Michael Poliakoff |
This guide provides step-by-step instructions for donors on how to target their giving, with profiles of successful gifts. American philanthropists long have been generous… Continue Reading >>
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