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.

Podcast with Jonathan Zimmerman: Liberating the Liberal Arts

January 16, 2019 |

Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, joins ACTA’s Erik Gross to discuss… Continue Reading >>

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cites ACTA on Presidential Search

January 13, 2019 |

When Georgia Tech’s longtime president G.P “Bud” Peterson announced his resignation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tapped ACTA president Michael Poliakoff for insights into the University’s upcoming presidential… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Recommends Review of Spending Practices at OU–Norman

December 3, 2018 |

The University of Oklahoma–Norman recently announced that it will cut 50 faculty and staff positions to address a $15 million budget deficit. ACTA’s Elliott Cole published an article in The Oklahoman to highlight the University’s… Continue Reading >>

Podcast with Michael Horn: Accreditation on the Edge

November 9, 2018 |

Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute visited ACTA to survey the landscape of accreditation, a higher ed accountability system that distributes over $120 billion in federal funds to America’s colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Minneapolis Star Tribune Turns to ACTA for Expertise

November 5, 2018 |

The University of Minnesota has started conducting its search for a new president. ACTA President Michael Poliakoff shared best practices for how a presidential search should be undertaken, including ensuring that the board of trustees is… Continue Reading >>

Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear: A New Guide for Trustees

October 23, 2018 |

 America’s colleges and universities continue to grapple with protecting freedom of expression on their campuses. Drawing on two decades of college governance expertise, our concise new guide by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm provides… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President: There is a Civic Education Crisis

October 10, 2018 |

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff responded to Professor Wineburg's article, “Obituary for a Billion-Dollar Boondoggle” which overlooked the many indicators that America… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Points to Lack of Accountability at Michigan State University

September 27, 2018 |

In The Atlantic, ACTA’s Michael Poliakoff and Armand Alacbay were quoted extensively on the accountability structure among the leadership at Michigan State University (MSU). Since the explosive Larry Nassar abuse scandal, the… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Hosts Capitol Hill Panel Discussion on Accreditation

September 19, 2018 |

On September 18, ACTA hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, aimed at exploring issues of higher education accreditation. The discussion revolved around a recent publication… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Attends White House Meeting on Higher Ed Reform

August 14, 2018 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff accepted an invitation from Jared Kushner and Brooke Rollins, senior advisers to President Trump, to discuss possible reforms of America’s higher education system. Dr. Poliakoff aired his concerns over… Continue Reading >>

In the Detroit Free Press, ACTA Urges Trustees to Govern Responsibly

July 30, 2018 |

It was recently revealed that Michigan State University covers the cost for its  governing  board members to travel with the University’s athletic teams—a perk that is not extended by its peer institutions, and… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Poliakoff Warns of Accreditor Encroachment into Intellectual and Religious Liberty

July 23, 2018 |

The Higher Learning Commission—a powerful regional accreditor—recently issued a draft proposal that blazed the doors open for overreach into the intellectual and religious liberty of higher education institutions across the country.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Urges Evergreen State to Embrace Chicago Principles

June 19, 2018 |

In a recent letter to the trustees of Evergreen State College, ACTA asserted that inaction after disruptive student behavior will have serious consequences. We urged the Board to guide the University toward adopting the Chicago Principles… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Pens Fierce Rebuttal over Free Speech

June 6, 2018 |

After the president of Augustana College criticized our most recent free speech publication, Building a Campus Culture of Free Expression on the American College Campus: Challenges & Solutions, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff,… Continue Reading >>

In Light of USC Scandal, ACTA Explains How University Boards Should Address Controversy

May 24, 2018 |

After revelations of multiple scandals at USC, including sexual abuse by one of its gynecologists, the institution’s leadership faced enormous pressure and its president has just stepped down. ACTA President Michael Poliakoff spoke… Continue Reading >>

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