The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to promoting academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Founded in 1995, ACTA works with alumni, trustees, and education leaders across the country to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality education at an affordable price.
This report highlights our many accomplishments in the past year and shines a spotlight on new initiatives in 2022 to protect academic freedom, promote academic excellence, and advance accountability.
In 2021, ACTA lifted its voice to defend the unencumbered, free exchange of ideas on campus and to inspire students, faculty, and college leaders to speak up against restrictive speech codes and ideological coercion. We have worked hard to bring public attention to threats to academic freedom on campus, and our work is bearing fruit.
ACTA’s mission to ensure that America’s colleges and universities live up to their promise to prepare students for career and citizenship has never been more important. With massive upheavals in the workplace brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult political and social questions that face our country today, students must be better equipped than ever before for the challenges and innovations that lie ahead.
ACTA has long sounded the alarm about unsustainable administrative spending, inefficient management, and exorbitant tuition costs. Students and their parents should not have to make crippling personal and financial sacrifices to afford a college education. To recover from decreasing revenues and plummeting enrollment rates in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, college trustees cannot sit on the sidelines. They must intervene, and ACTA is providing them with practical solutions.