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 appeals to secretary of education on accreditation

March 12, 2013 |

ACTA has asked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to prevent the wrongful intrusion of college accreditors in state governance… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on the Reinstatement of Helen Dragas

January 29, 2013 |

ACTA president Anne Neal today applauded the Virginia General Assembly’s decision to confirm the nominations for the UVA Board of Visitors, including the reappointment of Helen Dragas. The confirmation process involved extensive public… Continue Reading >>

Accreditors Out of Control

January 22, 2013 |

That’s the message of former Senator Hank Brown’s hard-hitting op-ed  in the Wall Street Journal, and one with which ACTA fully… Continue Reading >>

Letter continues to highlight key problems in the accreditation process

January 7, 2013 |

ACTA’s letter to the Department of Education requesting an investigation into SACS’ warning to the University of Virginia continues to bring attention… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Files Complaint with DOE: Says SACS acted without foundation against UVA

January 2, 2013 |

On December 31, 2012,  the American Council of Trustees and Alumni filed a complaint  with the Department of Education charging that the Southern Association… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Expands Curricular Reform to Innovative Online Program

December 12, 2012 |

ACTA expects to award “A” grades to two new curricular programs from StraighterLine, an innovator in online college courses. This solid liberal arts core—with credits that transfer to dozens of colleges nationwide—will… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

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