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 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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ACTA Expands the Fund for Academic Renewal

December 6, 2016 |

Today, ACTA expanded its services to higher education donors. This expansion will allow ACTA to better aid donors in making transformative gifts to improve higher education. Through a generous gift from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation,...

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Watch All the Highlights from the 2016 Merrill Award Presentation

November 8, 2016 |

You can now watch all of the remarks from the presentation of the 2016 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. Hear Senator John McCain, AEI Resident Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, former World Bank...

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GMU: Strong On Free Speech, Faces Potential Challenge in Mid-East Debates

November 1, 2016 |

ACTA wrote a letter to the George Mason University Board of Visitors praising their steadfast commitment to free speech and civic discourse. The university is playing host to the annual Students for Justice in Palestine Conference. At the...

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Survey Finds a Civically Illiterate Electorate

October 27, 2016 |

Just days before the 2016 election, ACTA released a survey conducted by GfK that reveals alarming civic illiteracy among Americans and even college graduates. The survey asked respondents basic questions about the election and the U.S....

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ACTA Honors Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson

October 24, 2016 |

ACTA will honor human rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali and historian Niall Ferguson with the 12th annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. A distinguished panel chose Ms. Hirsi Ali and Dr....

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The Grades are In!

September 29, 2016 |

ACTA released the 2016–17 edition of its signature report What Will They Learn? This eighth edition of the report surveyed 1,110 public and private colleges and universities and evaluated the rigor of their general education programs....

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