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.

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Get up-to-the minute information on ACTA's progress toward making a high quality college education accessible and affordable for students across the country.

Paideia Times Examines COVID-19 for Spring Edition

May 11, 2020 |

The Paideia Times, a news quarterly for higher education trustees, has released its Spring 2020 edition, which focuses largely on COVID-19's impact on higher education. The publication brings informative… Continue Reading >>

John Ellis: The Breakdown of Higher Education

May 8, 2020 |

ACTA's Michael Poliakoff explores the erosion of academic freedom in the academy with John M. Ellis, professor emeritus at University of California-Santa Cruz, and the author of The Breakdown of Higher Education:… Continue Reading >>

10 Things Everyone Should Know About American History

April 23, 2020 |

Professor Allen Guelzo of Princeton University vividly illustrates the contemporary importance of our past by guiding readers through what he deems the 10 most pivotal moments in United States history.

To read the full essay, Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Zimmerman: Historical Perspectives on COVID-19

April 15, 2020 |

How do the challenges that COVID-19 presents compare to other times of crisis in higher education? What forces have been brewing under the surface of the academy to make this such a difficult time for college campuses to cope with the pandemic?… Continue Reading >>

Brandon Busteed: Higher Ed’s Crucial Conversations Amidst the Pandemic Crisis

April 9, 2020 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic expands, higher ed leaders, faculty, and students are being forced to adapt in real time and rethink the future. Kaplan University Partners president Brandon Busteed joins ACTA's Michael… Continue Reading >>

Lee Bessette: “Pandemic Pedagogy” and Online Learning

April 8, 2020 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic propels a massive shift to delivering courses online, how are faculty, institutions, and students reckoning with the sudden changes? Lee Skallerup Bessette, Ph.D., learning… Continue Reading >>

Liberty University Demonstrates What Not To Do During A Pandemic

April 1, 2020 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff wrote his latest Forbes column on Liberty University's hesitancy to shut down campus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Titled "Liberty University What Not To Do During A Pandemic," the article… Continue Reading >>

ACTA COVID-19 Statement

March 20, 2020 |

The hero of Virgil’s epic masterpiece, the Aeneid, written over two millennia ago, offered his companions this comfort:

“Summon up your courage and dismiss grim fear. God will bring an end to these hardships,… Continue Reading >>

Why Is SUNY—Binghamton Building A $60 Million Baseball Stadium With Donor Funds?

February 19, 2020 |

In ACTA President Michael Poliakoff's latest Forbes column, "Why Is SUNY—Binghamton Building A $60 Million Baseball Stadium With Donor Funds?," he takes an in-depth look at what higher education philanthropy can accomplish, and… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Releases Its 12th State Higher Education Report

February 6, 2020 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s 12th state higher education report Southern Exposure: A Look at Mississippi’s Public Colleges and Universities, written in partnership with the… Continue Reading >>

Amelia Arria: A Researcher’s Lens on Drinking and Drug Use in College

February 6, 2020 |

One of the nation's leading researchers in the field of drug and alcohol abuse, Dr. Amelia Arria is respected by higher ed leaders and policy makers alike. A key driver of the influential Maryland Collaborative, she helps… Continue Reading >>

Robert DuPont: Combating drug and alcohol use on the American college campus

January 17, 2020 |

Robert L. DuPont, MD, one of the nation's leading voices on drug and alcohol use, joins us for a passionate discussion on recovery, prevention, and what college leaders need to know to save students' lives and help them… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Explores the Problem of Campus Anti-Semitism

January 13, 2020 |

Do colleges treat anti-Semitism differently from sexism and racism? Evan Gerstmann, professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, phoned in to talk with ACTA president Michael Poliakoff about his two recent Forbes articles: the… Continue Reading >>

George LaNoue Speaks About Speaker Disinvitations on Campus

December 23, 2019 |

Professor George LaNoue brings a lifetime of teaching college students about the First Amendment, educational policy, Constitutional law, civil rights, and more. He sat down with Doug Sprei at ACTA to spotlight his richly… Continue Reading >>

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