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.

Made in Maine

A State Report Card on Public Higher Education
April 2011 by ACTA |
This report card on public higher education in Maine focuses on four key areas of interest: what students are learning (the curriculum), whether the marketplace of ideas is… Continue Reading >>

Academic Freedom, Excellence and Accountability

15 Years of Leadership in Higher Education Reform
March 2011 by ACTA |
ACTA is “the most important and creative organization in higher education, one that supports high academic standards, academic freedom, and institutional accountability,”… Continue Reading >>

Here We Have Idaho

A State Report Card on Public Higher Education
January 2011 by ACTA |
This report card focuses on four key areas of interest: what students are learning (the curriculum), whether the marketplace of ideas is vibrant (intellectual diversity),… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2010-11

A Survey of Core Requirements at our Nation's Colleges and Universities
November 2010 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 2010 expansion… Continue Reading >>

What’s happening off the field?

A Report on Higher Education in the Big 12
November 2010 by ACTA |
The Big 12 is famous for its athletics, and well it should be. But what about the rest of the conference—the academic part? This study reflects a snapshot of the… Continue Reading >>

At a Crossroads

A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Minnesota
March 2010 by ACTA |
This report card on public higher education in Minnesota focuses on four key areas of the public's interest: what students are learning (the curriculum), whether the marketplace… Continue Reading >>

Getting Back to First Principles

2009 Annual Report
March 2010 by ACTA |
In the words of award-winning historian Richard Norton Smith: “In a very real sense, ACTA sticks its neck out every time it insists that core curricula require a core,… Continue Reading >>

For the People

A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Illinois
October 2009 by ACTA |
This report card on public higher education in Illinois focuses on four key areas of the public's interest: what students are learning (the curriculum), whether the marketplace… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn? 2009

A Report on General Education Requirements at 100 of the Nation's Leading Colleges and Universities
August 2009 by ACTA |
This study reveals that while most colleges continue to endorse the importance of a solid general education program, many have abandoned such programs in favor of a loose… Continue Reading >>

Protecting the Free Exchange of Ideas

How Trustees Can Advance Intellectual Diversity on Campus
June 2009 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
This report features ten best practices, gleaned from colleges and universities across the country, for promoting the free exchange of ideas in and out of the classroom. Since… Continue Reading >>

Lessons for Alumni and Trustees

February 2009 by Anne D. Neal |
In a paper commissioned by the Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, ACTA draws out the implications of the settlement in Robertson v.… Continue Reading >>

Show Me

A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Missouri
October 2008 by ACTA |
Missouri is the "Show Me" state—with this goal in mind, the report examines the state of higher education in Missouri, focusing on four key areas of the public's… Continue Reading >>

Reviewing Post-Tenure Review

September 2008 by Anne D. Neal |
In the September/October 2008 issue of Academe, published by the American Association of University Professors, ACTA describes the public's significant lack of confidence… Continue Reading >>

Shining the Light

A Report Card on Georgia's System of Public Higher Education
March 2008 by Phyllis Palmiero |
This report card takes a close look at the University System of Georgia, focusing on four key areas of the public's interest. They are: what students are learning (the… Continue Reading >>

The Vanishing Shakespeare

April 2007 by ACTA |
ACTA probes the extent to which today's English majors are required to take courses on Shakespeare's work. While at one point such requirements were common, this report… Continue Reading >>
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