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.

Did your college make the grade?

October 17, 2017 |

The 9th edition of What Will They Learn? shows that many college general education programs need serious improvement. Of over 1,100 colleges surveyed, more than half have deficient liberal arts curricula that can leave students without...

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ACTA Praises the Department of Education

September 7, 2017 |

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education would replace the Department's current guidance on campus sexual assault. Under the "Dear Colleague Letter," campus investigations of sexual misconduct...

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ACTA President Issues Statement on Charlottesville Protests

August 21, 2017 |

In the wake of protests that shook the country in Charlottesville, Virginia, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff issued a statement condemning white supremacists and violence, while holding fast to the principle of academic freedom. In trying...

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New Guide Empowers Trustees to Look at Administrative Spending

July 25, 2017 |

How Much is Too Much? Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight, ACTA’s newest trustee guide, takes a fresh look at spending levels and priorities on college campuses. Using Department of Education data from over 1,200...

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ACTA President Pens Essay for Inside Higher Ed

July 3, 2017 |

Michael Poliakoff published an op-ed championing liberal arts requirements and rigor in higher education in response to the growing acceptance of open curricula and grade inflation. Read the full article here.

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ACTA Praises University of Missouri System Curators

June 21, 2017 |

The University of Missouri System’s recent decision to seek advice on how to cut costs and increase administrative efficiency earned praise from ACTA. By focusing on reducing overhead, the system can prioritize instructional and student...

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ACTA Announces Robert Zimmer as 2017 Philip Merrill Award Recipient

May 11, 2017 |

University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer will receive the 13th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. President Zimmer is one of the nation’s leading champions of academic freedom and...

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ACTA Unveils Second Volume of University Best Practices for Trustees

May 4, 2017 |

Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding College Opportunity is ACTA’s newest guide for university trustees. Trustees will find featured Blueprints for Reform from colleges across the country...

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ACTA Urges Claremont McKenna’s Board to Stand for Academic Freedom

April 25, 2017 |

In response to recent events at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), ACTA reached out to the college's board of trustees, calling on them to take additional steps to protect academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus.

Earlier this...

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ACTA Calls Upon Indiana University to Stand for First Principles

April 11, 2017 |

In the face of mounting resistance to Charles Murray’s impending visit to Indiana University─Bloomington, ACTA reached out to the Indiana University (IU) Board of Trustees. ACTA encouraged the board to take precautions, such as staffing...

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Middlebury Debacle Requires Board Action

April 10, 2017 |

The violent protest of Charles Murray at Middlebury College shocked the country. ACTA wrote a letter to Middlebury’s board of trustees encouraging them to adopt the Chicago Principles on free expression and to sanction behavior that...

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ACTA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Academic Freedom and the BDS Movement

March 9, 2017 |

Campus Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Problem of the BDS Movement is ACTA’s latest report for trustees. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement—an international political campaign to pressure institutions of higher...

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ACTA Tells Accreditors to Stay out of State Politics

February 14, 2017 |

ACTA Senior Fellow Anne Neal writes in The Hill about how accountable college accreditors are spending their time playing politics instead of holding colleges accountable. Instead of ensuring educational quality, the Southern Association...

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ACTA Responds to Goucher College’s Decision to Gut Requirements

February 8, 2017 |

When ACTA learned Goucher College was planning harmful changes to its general education curriculum, we sprang into action. Director of Curricular Improvement and Academic Outreach Eric Bledsoe published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun...

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ACTA Reminds Colleges That Academics Come First

January 15, 2017 |

ACTA emerged as a voice of reason during college bowl season and the College Football Playoff National Championship. In fact, U.S. News and World Report published an original op-ed by President Dr. Michael Poliakoff and Research...

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