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.

Surveys

ACTA regularly surveys to assess whether colleges and universities effectively educate students to understand our nation’s history, government, and economy; we survey campuses to monitor intellectual diversity and academic freedom; and we survey the public to understand the nation’s expectations for higher education. Our survey findings help trustees and policymakers recognize and address issues that can leave college graduates underprepared for the challenges of career and citizenship.

Electoral & Economic Literacy Survey

October 2016 by ACTA|

Just in time for the 2016 general election, ACTA released a survey that shows that many Americans lack the basic knowledge they need to participate in the most… Continue Reading >>

Constitution Day Survey

September 2015 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today released a survey that shows how little college graduates and the general public know about the Constitution.… Continue Reading >>

Lincoln Awareness Survey

April 2015 |

In time for the 150th anniversary of the tragic night when John Wilkes Booth slipped into Ford’s Theater and shot President Abraham Lincoln,… Continue Reading >>

Roosevelt Awareness Survey

September 2014 |

ACTA teams up with GfK on a new survey on American historical literacy just in time for the premiere of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts:… Continue Reading >>

College Governance Survey

August 2014 by ACTA|

ACTA commissioned GfK Custom Research to gauge the public’s perception of higher education and the role of trustees. Americans are worried about the state… Continue Reading >>

D-Day Knowledge Survey

June 2014 |

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, ACTA releases a GfK survey on historical amnesia about World War II. The study found that a quarter of American adults… Continue Reading >>

American History Literacy Survey 2012

August 2012 by ACTA|

ACTA teams up with Gfk Roper OmniTel to conduct a new survey on American historical literacy. Again, the results are troubling. Less than half of the college… Continue Reading >>

The American Public on Higher Ed Survey

August 2011 |

ACTA teams up with Roper to survey Americans’ attitudes towards the nation’s system of higher education. The results show that many Americans don’t… Continue Reading >>

Politics in the Classroom

A Survey of Students at the Top 50 Colleges & Universities
October 2004 by ACTA by Connecticut Center for Survey Research & Analysis|

This survey commissioned by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, reveals the politicization of the classroom and the intellectual intolerance of faculty.… Continue Reading >>

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