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.

Austin Salon with Wallace Hall

May 23, 2019 |

On Wednesday, June 12, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and the Texas Public Policy Foundation will host a luncheon and discussion at the Foundation’s headquarters (901 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX), starting at noon.

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Samuel Abrams and Paul Levy: Academic Freedom Under Attack

April 22, 2019 |

When Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times in October 2018, he didn't expect a stunning backlash from students, faculty and administrators. The episode has become… Continue Reading >>

Inside Philanthropy Quotes ACTA on Alternative College Financing

April 22, 2019 |

Inside Philanthropy spoke to ACTA concerning the role of philanthropy in financing alternative college such as Hampshire College, which does not use grades or require majors. Alternative colleges have been under financial constraints… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Provides Comment on The George Washington University’s Presidential Review

April 4, 2019 |

ACTA's president, Michael Poliakoff, provided his expert insights for The George Washington University's student paper, The GW Hatchet, concerning the biannual review of the University's president. When asked why so few… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Speaks Out on College Admissions Scandal

March 21, 2019 |

On March 12, the Department of Justice released an affidavit which implicated dozens of individuals in a fraudulent scheme to obtain college admissions through bribery, cheating on standardized tests, false representation of athletic participation,… Continue Reading >>

Washington Post Cites ACTA Research on Civic Ignorance

February 21, 2019 |

A recent op-ed by Washington Post columnist Max Boot titled "Americans' ignorance of history is a national scandal" cited ACTA research on the decline of historical literacy and civic education. In the piece,… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Creates Dynamic New Tool for Trustees

February 18, 2019 |

ACTA's new website HowCollegesSpendMoney.com, which allows higher education leaders, trustees, and donors to access and analyze data patterns on college spending,… Continue Reading >>

How to close the Silent Sam divide

February 18, 2019 |

In an op-ed in The News & Observer, ACTA's president Michael Poliakoff commented on the Silent Sam debate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and offered commonsense solutions. 

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South Dakota Commits to Academic Freedom

February 4, 2019 |

On February 6, the South Dakota State Legislature will begin deliberations on a bill written with the intent of promoting intellectual diversity, academic freedom, transparency, and the free exchange of ideas at the state’s public colleges… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Provides Dynamic New Tool for Trustees

February 4, 2019 |

ACTA's new website HowCollegesSpendMoney.com, which allows higher education leaders, trustees, and donors to access and analyze data patterns on college spending, has… Continue Reading >>

Podcast with Jonathan Zimmerman: Liberating the Liberal Arts

January 16, 2019 |

Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, joins ACTA’s Erik Gross to discuss… Continue Reading >>

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cites ACTA on Presidential Search

January 13, 2019 |

When Georgia Tech’s longtime president G.P “Bud” Peterson announced his resignation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tapped ACTA president Michael Poliakoff for insights into the University’s upcoming presidential… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Recommends Review of Spending Practices at OU–Norman

December 3, 2018 |

The University of Oklahoma–Norman recently announced that it will cut 50 faculty and staff positions to address a $15 million budget deficit. ACTA’s Elliott Cole published an article in The Oklahoman to highlight the University’s… Continue Reading >>

Podcast with Michael Horn: Accreditation on the Edge

November 9, 2018 |

Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute visited ACTA to survey the landscape of accreditation, a higher ed accountability system that distributes over $120 billion in federal funds to America’s colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Minneapolis Star Tribune Turns to ACTA for Expertise

November 5, 2018 |

The University of Minnesota has started conducting its search for a new president. ACTA President Michael Poliakoff shared best practices for how a presidential search should be undertaken, including ensuring that the board of trustees is… Continue Reading >>

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