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 Releases Statement Regarding University of Maryland’s Move to the Big Ten

November 26, 2012 |

Are universities academic institutions or sports franchises? That’s a question one is left asking in the wake of the University of Maryland’s recent precipitous decision to ditch the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Releases 2012-13 What Will They Learn?™ Ratings

November 5, 2012 |

ACTA releases the 4th annual edition of What Will They Learn?™, our unique survey of core curricular requirements at 1,070 of the nation’s liberal arts colleges and universities,… Continue Reading >>

New California Poll Supports ACTA’s Findings

November 5, 2012 |

A recent Reason-Rupe/Princeton poll shows that Californians believe universities must make substantial efforts to cut wasteful spending and increase teaching loads… Continue Reading >>

ACTA to PA Legislature: Reform the Board Structure to Ensure Accountability

November 3, 2012 |

The Pennsylvania Auditor General is expected to release his recommendations for reforms to the governance structure at Penn State University, an initiative for which ACTA was consulted for guidance. In addition, ACTA recently sent a Continue Reading >>

ACTA Expands Development Staff

September 24, 2012 |

On August 20, ACTA welcomed Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, whose articles appear in Philanthropy Daily, as Program Officer, Development. Jacquie is a former professor at… Continue Reading >>

Statement from Anne Neal on Penn State’s Accreditation Warning

September 23, 2012 |

"Rather than helping students, the recent accreditation warning letter to Penn State will only serve as another distraction for the board. The warning is an opportunity for the faculty and administrators that make up accrediting bodies to… Continue Reading >>

Tom Rollins to Receive 2012 Philip Merrill Prize

September 21, 2012 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is proud to announce the selection of Thomas M. Rollins, founder of The Teaching Company, as the recipient of the 2012… Continue Reading >>

On the NCAA Sanctions for Penn State

August 15, 2012 |

Penn State does not need the NCAA to issue sanctions regarding the Sandusky scandal; Penn State needs its trustees to step up and address the egregious actions themselves. In a statement,  ACTA's President Anne Neal called the NCAA's… Continue Reading >>

Penn State Lessons

August 7, 2012 |

Public confidence in higher education is declining as costs rise, educational standards decline, and scandals mount. There are many causes, but one thing is clear: Trustees are failing to do their job to ensure the academic, financial, and… Continue Reading >>

Clayton Christensen: Higher Ed Trustees “Crucial As Never Before”

July 23, 2012 |

Harvard Business School professor (and bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma) Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring of Brigham Young University recently sent… Continue Reading >>

California Dreaming?

July 12, 2012 |

At a time of major fiscal crisis and growing student and faculty unrest, ACTA's latest report, Best Laid Plans: The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California,… Continue Reading >>

Neal: “Something’s got to give—or everything will.”

July 11, 2012 |

Our message of engaged and responsible trusteeship took to the Washington Post on Sunday, in an opinion piece about the latest happenings regarding the ousting of the president at the University of Virginia. ACTA President Anne… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Issues Open Letter to UVA Board

June 25, 2012 |

ACTA issued an open letter to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors, expressing support for active and engaged trusteeship. "ACTA believes the board must be transparent about its decision and articulate the direction and leadership… Continue Reading >>

Four NACIQI Members Support Neal-Rothkopf Alternate Report on Accreditation

June 18, 2012 |

In a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, NACIQI members Anne Neal and Arthur Rothkopf proposed an alternative proposalContinue Reading >>

ACTA on Rising Tuition in North Carolina: “Enough is enough.”

June 15, 2012 |

Among student protests at multiple campuses of the University of North Carolina, ACTA recently wrote to members of the system's Board… Continue Reading >>

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