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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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House Committee Holds Joint Hearing on Freedom of Speech in Higher Education

May 25, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |

It seems nearly every week there are new reports of the silencing of diverse viewpoints on American college and university campuses. Protests that result in a de facto “heckler’s veto”… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Keeping Track of Colleges—and Students

June 29, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Do students currently possess the tools they need to get good value for money out of their education? This question has produced a variety of creative efforts to evaluate the comparative strengths and weaknesses… Continue Reading >>

Free Tuition Won’t Cure What Ails Higher Education

May 10, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill|

So Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free” college tuition plan—the Excelsior Scholarship—is now reality. While the fanfare has died down, New Yorkers and policy watchers across the country… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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”… Continue Reading >>

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, Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

A Convenient Scapegoat

November 17, 2014 by Alex McHugh|

The second iteration of the Department of Education’s “gainful employment rule” will Continue Reading >>

Progress in Pennsylvania

March 13, 2014 by ACTA|

This past November, Pennsylvania state senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) cited… Continue Reading >>

Americans Know the Value of a Liberal Education

February 19, 2014 by Colleen Wilhide |

A recent piece at Inside Higher Ed reports that… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 Continue Reading >>

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 Continue Reading >>

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American Student Loan Debt in 3 Charts

New York Times, Tara Siegel Bernard and Karl Russell

University of Kansas Removes Controversial Flag-Art

Inside Higher Ed, Emma Whitford

Nonprofit Offers Resources to Encourage Study of History

Philanthropy Magazine, Leah Libresco

Tackling Grade Inflation

Education Dive, James Paterson 

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