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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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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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Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price” of tuition...

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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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ACTA Survey Prompts Civics Revival in North Dakota

February 24, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Back in December, ACTA was thrilled to learn that North Dakota’s superintendent and the state’s first lady were championing a bill to require high school seniors to pass a civics test before graduation....

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Throwing Money at an Accountability Problem

January 13, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Last Friday, President Obama announced a proposal for a new federal subsidy for community college students. Named “America’s College Promise,” the program would provide funding for two years of...

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A Convenient Scapegoat

November 17, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

The second iteration of the Department of Education’s “gainful employment rule” will also be going to court. An earlier version was stuck down because one of the standards used—the loan repayment...

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Progress in Pennsylvania

March 13, 2014 by ACTA |

This past November, Pennsylvania state senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) cited ACTA’s work as he announced legislation in hopes of reducing the size of Penn State’s board of trustees.

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Americans Know the Value of a Liberal Education

February 19, 2014 by Colleen Wilhide |

A recent piece at Inside Higher Ed reports that a soon-to-be released survey by Public Agenda, the Kettering Foundation, and the National Issues Forum suggests a divide between politicians’ priorities...

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Senators Embrace Higher Ed Reform Agenda

February 12, 2014 by Avi Snyder |

Higher ed reform has come to Washington. One year ago, President Obama began to talk about accountability, transparency, and accreditation reform. Now, senators from across the political spectrum have...

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Real Accountability Requires a Level Playing Field

November 14, 2013 by ACTA |

No group is a stronger advocate of bringing accountability to higher education than ACTA. In her testimony before Congress last summer, ACTA president Anne Neal called for requiring schools that receive...

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Bad Law Contributes to Skewed College Rankings

November 5, 2013 by ACTA |

Within the community of college reformers, it is common to hear people disparage the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. ACTA has certainly joined this circle of critics in the past—there is,...

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Higher Ed Act Reform Proposals Fall Short

August 6, 2013 by ACTA |

Not surprisingly, the Higher Education Act, up for renewal next year, is attracting a flood of appeals, recommendations and advice to legislators. At the request of the House Committee on Education and...

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New Funds and New Accountability for Public Higher Ed

July 18, 2013 by William Gonch |

What happens when you combine straining state budgets, families struggling to afford college, and trustees at cash-strapped public universities?

Actually, something good.

The Chronicle reports on a...

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What’s Worse Than Suppressing Free Speech?

July 9, 2013 by ACTA |

Paying millions to suppress free speech.

But that’s what the federal government is demanding from the University of Montana. In order to improve its Title IX compliance, UMT will have to spend a small...

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The Real Heart of the Matter

June 20, 2013 by ACTA |

“The humanities remind us where we have been and help us envision where we are going. Emphasizing critical perspective and imaginative response, the humanities—including the study of languages,...

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ACTA's take on:

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Could Change Come for TItle IX?

POLITICO, Lara Bazelon

The Changing Roles of University Presidents

Inside Higher Ed, Rick Seltzer

Campuses Need to Remember Skokie

New York Times, Geoffrey R Stone

University President Advocates for Civics

Wall Street Journal, Joseph Rago

Microaggression Scholar says his research is used inappropriately

Chronicle of Higher Education, Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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