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.

  • Michael B Poliakoff

  • Karen Hyman

  • Douglas Sprei

  • Nicholas Barden

  • Rushad Thomas

  • Megan Riethmiller

  • Alise Denman

  • Elliot Cole

  • Anne D Neal

  • Karen Hyman, Senior Vice President of Policy and Programs

    Karen Hyman began with ACTA as its Senior Vice President of Policy and Programs upon moving to the DC area in 2017. She is the beneficiary of inspiring teachers and texts from the University of Chicago, where she earned her BA in General Studies in the Humanities and an MA from the Committee on Social Thought, an interdisciplinary graduate program. These experiences have inspired a lifelong dedication to the liberal arts, and to cultivating excellent undergraduate education for future generations. Prior to working for ACTA, she served as the associate director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry) at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). iFoundry is a College of Engineering initiative which aims to enrich undergraduate engineering programs with humanities perspectives and to promote leadership and deeper learning for the next generation of engineers. As an instructor in iFoundry classes, she taught courses which used the great books to broaden student learning in engineering beyond the merely technical. Karen also served in the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s office, working on general education curriculum and in its Computer Science department’s offices of public engagement and alumni relations. Prior to moving to the University of Illinois in 2005, she served in college admissions at the University of Chicago, worked in the area of higher education marketing and research, and led local community and religious organizations. She is a contributing essayist to M.F. Shaughnessy’s edited volume, The Humanities in 2015: Why We Need Them and How They Contribute to Being Human.