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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.


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In Memoriam: Betty Capaldi Phillips

September 27, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is with great sadness that ACTA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips. Her career as a professor, scholar, and university administrator was one of brilliant achievement. It took only moments in...

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An Accreditation “Dear John” Letter: Two Top J-Schools Make a Big Move

May 3, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Is accreditation reform on the march? Possibly so. Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed is out with a story covering the fascinating news that two prestigious journalism programs, Northwestern University’s...

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ACTA Congratulates Rep. Virginia Foxx

December 12, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) congratulates Representative Virginia Foxx on being named chair of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

ACTA previously worked with...

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Accreditation Dysfunction

July 13, 2016 by Armand B. Alacbay |

The accreditation system is broken, and its inequities are glaring.

If nothing else, that was the lesson to be learned late in June at the meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional...

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More Now Than Ever: Accreditation Reform Needed

June 1, 2016 by by Michael Poliakoff |

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Mark A. Elgart, founding president and chief executive officer of AdvancED, object to the U.S. Department of...

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Lawmakers View Accreditation Reform

July 17, 2015 by Kirkwood Palmer |

ACTA has consistently called for an end to the monopolies that a small group of accrediting agencies now hold. In testimony before Congress last month, ACTA President Anne Neal stated, “In terms of the...

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Purdue’s President Gets to the Bottom of Higher Ed’s High Price

May 11, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

“Higher education has to get past the ‘take our word for it’ era,” insists Purdue’s president, Mitch Daniels, in a recent Wall Street Journal interview. The interview reveals a college president who has...

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Accreditors Begin to Feel the Pressure for Reform

April 1, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Judith Eaton, of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, had an essay published yesterday in which she worried that the proposed Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (PIRS) could force...

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Ruling Leaves Hope for Accreditation Reform

March 24, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Calls for accreditation reform are gaining momentum in Washington. Just yesterday, two separate committees—the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and the U.S....

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Addressing the Sickness, Not the Symptoms

October 29, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

Around academe, people are feigning shock. How else to respond to the scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill? Such blatant disregard for academic standards, for student learning outcomes, and for basic integrity...

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NCES Study on Transfer Students Avoids Accreditation Discussion

September 29, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

In 2010, ACTA joined with other national higher education leaders to urge the Department of Education to study the plight of students whose credits don’t follow them when they transfer schools....

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Re-authorization and Accreditation

September 23, 2014 by ACTA |

Watch ACTA President Anne Neal's commentary on the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and accreditation reform at the Heritage Foundation yesterday!

Purdue’s innovative president, Mitch...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Accreditation under Scrutiny

September 12, 2014 by ACTA |

Accreditation reform is getting a closer look a panel discussion this month. ACTA's Anne Neal is a panelist. 

Yale's William F. Buckley Jr. Program won't budge on controversial speaker despite student...

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Down in Washington, Accreditation Reform Goes Mainstream

September 11, 2014 by Avi Snyder |

Every day, the call for college accreditation reform grows louder and louder.

The Higher Education Act (HEA), the statue which governs all federal student loan and grant programs, is up for...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: ACTA Takes on Accreditation

July 29, 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA's Michael Poliakoff takes on accreditors over at Real Clear Policy

Harvard has reformed its sexual assault policy. Rather than law enforcement, nurses, and attorneys, it will be carried out by...

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