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.

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 >>

Hampden-Sydney College Leadership Joins ACTA to Discuss Informed Citizenship

December 23, 2019 |

In a conversation recorded on Veteran's Day, Michael Poliakoff explores the expansive influence of the liberal arts tradition with two of its most dedicated proponents, John Hillen and Ryan Pemberton from Hampden-Sydney College -- an… Continue Reading >>

Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?

November 26, 2019 |

For $73,000 per year, top students with SAT scores well north of 1,500 count themselves lucky to be accepted by Williams College. There, however, despite the chilly Massachusetts climate, they are in danger of melting with their fellow snowflakes.

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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?" 

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

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 >>

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