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.

Policymakers

ACTA's resources for policymakers on key issues in higher education offer metrics and examples of objective performance benchmarks that promote accountability.

How Much is Too Much?

Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight
July 25, 2017 by ACTA |

With recent research from the Institute for Higher Education Policy showing that college is unaffordable for as many as 70% of working- and middle-class students, concerns about college costs are...

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What Will They Learn? 2016-17

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
September 29, 2016 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the seventh edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. Early this year, in a Gallup survey of universities, nearly 100% of provosts said they...

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No U.S. History?

How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major
July 1, 2016 by |

Just as July 4th celebrations are set to begin, ACTA's new report, No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major, reveals that less than 1/3 of the nations...

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A Crisis in Civic Education

January 12, 2016 by ACTA |

The Founders admonished that informed, engaged citizens would be the indispensable guardian of our liberty. ACTA’s surveys, however, administered over the past two decades, reveal that our schools—and...

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What Will They Learn? 2015-16

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
October 5, 2015 by ACTA |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe that our colleges must raise the quality of...

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ACTA testifies before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee

June 17, 2015 by |

ACTA President Anne D. Neal provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at their June 17 hearing on higher education accreditation, chaired by Senator Lamar...

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ACTA Testifies Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

May 29, 2015 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA has repeatedly documented that the system of higher education accreditation is a barrier to innovation, improvement, and accountability at colleges and universities. On May 29, ACTA President Anne...

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Bold Leadership, Real Reform

Best Practices in University Governance
February 17, 2015 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Drawing on the experiences of universities across the country, Bold Leadership, Real Reform: Best Practices in University Governance details what works in higher education. Through an analysis of 12...

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Leading the Charge

Governors, Higher Education and Accountability
August 19, 2014 by ACTA |

With this new tool, ACTA is working to expand its outreach to governors nationwide on behalf of higher education reform, focusing on key issues of quality, cost, and accountability. ACTA has worked with...

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Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees
August 18, 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 York Board chairman....

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