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.

Michael Poliakoff Becomes Forbes Contributor

August 19, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff has recently become a regular contributor for Forbes covering higher education. His first article, "Why the Campus Building Boom May Be a Bust," highlights how many colleges… Continue Reading >>

New Podcast with April Lawson

August 14, 2019 |

April Lawson is a guiding light and director of debates at Better Angels, a remarkable national organization that has surged into the spotlight by effectively teaching citizens to combat polarization and restore civil dialogue across America.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA’s Nathaniel Urban Publishes in The Federalist

August 8, 2019 |

ACTA's program manager for curricular improvement, Nathaniel Urban, wrote a piece in The Federalist titled "Teacher Fired For Praising The West As Bringing 'The Greatest Good to The Most' People." 

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ACTA Podcast Features Wallace Hall at Texas Public Policy Foundation

July 26, 2019 |

Back in 2011, Wallace Hall was sounding alarms about admissions wrongdoings at the University of Texas System, where he served as Regent. His activism drew blistering criticism and brought him to the brink of impeachment -- until 2015, when… Continue Reading >>

David Corey Joins ACTA for Podcast

July 22, 2019 |

David Corey, Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, drives a dialogue with ACTA's Michael Poliakoff and Erik Gross about the vital qualities of liberal education, the lessons offered by the classics, and… Continue Reading >>

Washington Examiner Features ACTA Op-Ed on Student Loan Forgiveness

July 22, 2019 |

ACTA's program associate for communications, Erik Gross, wrote a piece in the Washington Examiner titled "Student debt forgiveness misses the hidden cause of rising college costs."

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Four Things Every Every American Should Know About the Declaration of Independence

July 5, 2019 |

"Every month brings new evidence that Americans don't know their history -- and that colleges and universities aren't teaching it," writes ACTA's Director of Academic Affairs, Jonathan Pidluzny in The… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Writes in Cincinnati Enquirer on Donors’ Duty to Protect Free Speech

July 3, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff and philanthropist John Altman co-authored an op-ed piece published by the Cincinnati Enquirer that outlines how higher education donors can promote free speech on… Continue Reading >>

The Federalist Features ACTA Op-Ed

June 20, 2019 |

Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny, ACTA's new Director of Academic Affairs, recently landed his first op-ed since joining ACTA. The piece, titled "While Americans Gobble Up History Books, Colleges Shut Down History Departments,"… Continue Reading >>

New ACTA Initiative Honors “Heroes of Intellectual Freedom”

June 5, 2019 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has launched “Heroes of Intellectual Freedom,” which highlights stories of principled individuals who have thoughtfully and respectfully argued for academic… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

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