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Losing America’s Memory 2.0

A Civic Literacy Assessment of College Students
July 8, 2024 Download PDF Press Release

In June 2024, ACTA surveyed over 3,000 college and university students on basic knowledge of American history and government. We found that significant numbers of college students graduate without even a rudimentary grasp of America’s history and political system. This new survey builds upon ACTA’s decades-long analysis of civic literacy trends, including our groundbreaking original report, Losing America’s Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States 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 college education at an affordable price.

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