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 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… Continue Reading >>

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,… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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. economy;… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Draws the Line on Academic Freedom

August 24, 2016 |

ACTA reminded trustees at two schools of their duty to uphold academic freedom and the rule of law. DePaul University trustees received a second… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on NPR’s “Morning Edition”

August 18, 2016 |

On August 18, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff hit the national airwaves to discuss the pitfalls of expanding course catalogs and open curricula. Dr. Poliakoff explained that the proliferation of niche college classes erodes educational quality… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Responds to AGB’s Amicus Brief

July 7, 2016 |

The Association of Governing Boards (AGB) recently filed an amicus brief in support of University of Texas (UT) Chancellor William McRaven’s attempt to block UT regent Wallace Hall’s request for University records. Instead of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Recognized for Excellence

July 6, 2016 |

For the second year in a row, ACTA has been named a Sunmark Foundation “Preferred Partner.” The St. Louis─based Sunmark Foundation recognized ACTA for our “Outstanding Achievement in Preserving Individual Liberty.”… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Weighs in on Free Speech at DePaul University

July 1, 2016 |

On May 24, a group of protesters disrupted an on-campus event hosted by DePaul University’s College Republicans group and ultimately dismantled the event entirely. This “heckler’s veto” directly defied DePaul’s… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Stands Up for Academic Freedom at UC-Irvine

June 2, 2016 |

Protesting students disrupted a documentary screening at the University of California─Irvine. The protestors violated the university’s speech and advocacy policies by barring some students from attending the event. In response… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges U-Mass to Protect Freedom of Speech

May 16, 2016 |

On April 25, an on-campus event about free speech at the University of Massachusetts─Amherst was vigorously protested by students who tried to exercise the “heckler’s veto.” ACTA Continue Reading >>

St. Katherine College becomes newest What Will They Learn?™ “A” school

May 2, 2016 |

ACTA is excited to announce that St. Katherine College has earned an “A” from What Will They Learn?™. The small San Diego─based college opened in 2011 and graduated its first class last year. With the addition of St.… Continue Reading >>

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