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.

ACTA’s Merrill Award Winner Featured in The Wall Street Journal

November 13, 2019 |

The Honorable José A. Cabranes penned an op-ed “Higher Education’s Enemy Within”  in The Wall Street Journal that was adapted from his speech delivered at our annual ATHENA Gala on October 18 when we… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Speech First

November 7, 2019 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and the Independent Women’s Law Center (IWF) filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The brief supports Speech First,… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Poliakoff’s Latest Forbes Piece Profiles HBCUs

October 25, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff recently wrote an article in Forbes titled "How Historically Black Colleges And Universities Set A Better Example." To read the full article, click… Continue Reading >>

“What Will They Learn?” Launches New Website, 2019-2020 Data

September 16, 2019 |

ACTA has launched the 2019-2020 edition of its annual What Will They Learn? report, complete with a new website. To check out the new site, click here >> 

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ACTA Releases Civics Survey

September 10, 2019 |

ACTA conducted a national survey to gage public knowledge on U.S. history and government, and the results are startling.

To read the full survey, click… Continue Reading >>

Wall Street Journal Quotes ACTA

September 10, 2019 |

Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn quoted ACTA heavily in his article "Is Majoring in English Worth It?" 

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The Hill Cites ACTA As Leader in Academic Freedom

September 3, 2019 |

In "College open new school year with same fear of free expression," DePauw University Professor Jeffrey M. McCall cites ACTA as a leader in the academic freedom space. "The president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Michael… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Poliakoff’s Latest Piece in Forbes

September 3, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff's latest piece in Forbes, "How Disruptive Innovation Makes Some Colleges Into Grasshoppers and Others Into Ants," builds upon his first piece for Forbes on building utilization. 

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Michael Poliakoff Becomes Forbes Contributor

August 19, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff has recently become a regular contributor for Forbes covering higher education. His first article, "Why the Campus Building Boom May Be a Bust," highlights how many colleges… Continue Reading >>

New Podcast with April Lawson

August 14, 2019 |

April Lawson is a guiding light and director of debates at Better Angels, a remarkable national organization that has surged into the spotlight by effectively teaching citizens to combat polarization and restore civil dialogue across America.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA’s Nathaniel Urban Publishes in The Federalist

August 8, 2019 |

ACTA's program manager for curricular improvement, Nathaniel Urban, wrote a piece in The Federalist titled "Teacher Fired For Praising The West As Bringing 'The Greatest Good to The Most' People." 

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ACTA Podcast Features Wallace Hall at Texas Public Policy Foundation

July 26, 2019 |

Back in 2011, Wallace Hall was sounding alarms about admissions wrongdoings at the University of Texas System, where he served as Regent. His activism drew blistering criticism and brought him to the brink of impeachment -- until 2015, when… Continue Reading >>

David Corey Joins ACTA for Podcast

July 22, 2019 |

David Corey, Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, drives a dialogue with ACTA's Michael Poliakoff and Erik Gross about the vital qualities of liberal education, the lessons offered by the classics, and… Continue Reading >>

Washington Examiner Features ACTA Op-Ed on Student Loan Forgiveness

July 22, 2019 |

ACTA's program associate for communications, Erik Gross, wrote a piece in the Washington Examiner titled "Student debt forgiveness misses the hidden cause of rising college costs."

To… Continue Reading >>

Four Things Every Every American Should Know About the Declaration of Independence

July 5, 2019 |

"Every month brings new evidence that Americans don't know their history -- and that colleges and universities aren't teaching it," writes ACTA's Director of Academic Affairs, Jonathan Pidluzny in The… Continue Reading >>

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