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.

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 >>

ACTA Urges UT to Adopt Free Speech Policy

April 27, 2016 |

In late April, ACTA wrote to the University of Texas System urging the regents to adopt the Chicago Principles of Free Expression.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Seeks Harvard Overseer Candidates’ Views On Higher Education Governance

April 15, 2016 |

ACTA sent questionnaires to each candidate for the upcoming Harvard Board of Overseers election to solicit their views on matters related to ACTA’s core issues of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability in higher education.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Moves The Needle

April 10, 2016 |

ACTA was the cover story in the April 11 Chronicle of Higher Education. As the story acknowledges, ACTA is a critical player in the high-stakes debates about higher education: “There is a growing strain of college trusteeship in this… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Writes Letters to Kansas and Minnesota Boards of Trustees

March 31, 2016 |

In March, ACTA wrote to the trustees of the Universities of Kansas and Minnesota urging them to adopt the Chicago Principles of Freedom of Expression. Unique… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges Harvard to Grant Credit for ROTC Courses

March 25, 2016 |

ACTA wrote a letter to the Harvard Corporation urging Harvard to join other university ROTC programs that grant credit to cadets for their… Continue Reading >>

ACTA writes to the University of Missouri Board of Curators

January 22, 2016 |

On January 20, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni wrote to the University of Missouri Board of Curators, advising them to consider carefully Melissa Click’s behavior when she comes up for tenure. Professor Click had attempted… Continue Reading >>

ACTA urges trustees to uphold free speech and the rule of law

January 15, 2016 |

In November, ACTA released a statement in response to ongoing cases of campus unrest across the country, urging… Continue Reading >>

ACTA releases new report on civic literacy

January 13, 2016 |

In A Crisis in Civic Education, ACTA documents the failure of higher education to prepare graduates for informed and engaged citizenship. Despite a unanimous Congressional resolution in 2000 that called on colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

ACTA awards Rep. Tom McMillen inaugural “Trustee of the Year” prize

December 26, 2015 |

ACTA has named former U.S. congressman and University System of Maryland regent Tom McMillen the winner of the inaugural Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in College Trusteeship. McMillen, currently serving as the president of the Division… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Vice President of Policy Michael Poliakoff takes to the airwaves on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show!

December 8, 2015 |

On December 9, Vice President of Policy Michael Poliakoff joined Jody Allen, Jeffrey Rosen, Queen Adesuyi, and Craig Steven Wilder on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss academic freedom and campus unrest. 

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ACTA releases new Higher Ed Now video for trustees: “Four Financial Questions Trustees Must Ask”

November 18, 2015 |

ACTA is proud to announce the release of the third video in its Higher Ed Now multimedia series for trustees: “Four… Continue Reading >>

New Report Shows How Bloated College Curricula Explode Costs

November 9, 2015 |

ACTA releases The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum coauthored by Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips and ACTA's vice president of policy Michael B. Poliakoff. The report… Continue Reading >>

Watch ACTA’s Panel Discussion

October 21, 2015 |

Watch ACTA’s 20th Anniversary Panel, “The Class of 2040: What Will They Learn and At What Cost?” Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Releases What Will They Learn? 2015-16 Ratings

October 6, 2015 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2015-16 What Will They Learn?TM ratings. The study of the curricula of 1,108 colleges and universities across the country found that just 18% of colleges nationwide… Continue Reading >>

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