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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ABOUT: Terms & Conditions


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AMERICAN COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES AND ALUMNI

Most recent revision: November 8, 2012

Welcome to GoACTA.org, a Web site produced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (“ACTA”). As used in these Terms and Conditions, the term “Web site” refers to the Web site located at http://www.goacta.org e-mai,l newsletters, and any other sites on which a link to these Terms and Conditions appears. ACTA does not control, and is not responsible for, any third-party site to which the Web site links.

You agree that your use of the Web site is subject to the following Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions may be modified at any time and from time to time; the date of the most recent changes or revisions will appear on this page. Continued access to the Web site by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to the Agreement. Other portions of ACTA websites may be governed by different or additional terms and conditions. In the event of a conflict between any provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use, on the one hand, and any other terms and conditions, on the other hand, the applicable provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use shall prevail with respect to your use of the Web site.

The information prepared by ACTA on this Web site is intended to be accurate based upon ACTA’s good faith research and reliance upon information publicly available from the individual institutions. The materials contained on the Web site are provided by ACTA as a service to you for your noncommercial, personal use on an “as is, as available” basis and may be used by you for information purposes only. However, you acknowledge that you are using the Web site at your own risk. ACTA assumes no responsibility for error or omissions in these materials. ACTA makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. ACTA makes no, and expressly disclaims any and all, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the ACTA Web site, including without limitation the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of text, graphics, links, and other items accessed from or via the Web site, or that the Web site will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. No advice or information given by ACTA or any other party on the Web site shall create any warranty or liability.

ACTA does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials at the Web site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or otherwise. Under no circumstances shall ACTA or any of its partners, officers, directors, employees, or agents be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special, or consequential, and including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use, reliance on, or performance of the information on the Web site.

ACTA periodically schedules system downtime for maintenance and other purposes. Unplanned outages also may occur. ACTA shall have no liability for the resulting unavailability of the Web site or for any loss of data or transactions caused by planned or unplanned system outages, or any outages of webhost providers or the Internet infrastructure and network external to the Web site.

Copyright

All materials published on the Web site are protected by copyright laws, and may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, resold, displayed, broadcast, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express written permission of either ACTA or, in the case of content licensed by ACTA from third parties, the entity that is credited as the copyright holder of such licensed content. You may download freely accessible material (one copy per page) from this Web site for your personal and noncommercial use only, without altering or removing any trademark, copyright, or other notice from such material.

In the event you believe that any content posted on the Web site infringes your copyright or other intellectual-property rights, you may notify ACTA by providing the information required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Action of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512, to:

Lauri Kempson, Vice President of Operations
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
1726 M Street NW, Suite 802
Washington, DC 20036

(t) 202.467.6787
(f) 202.467.6784

User Generated Content

You agree to indemnify ACTA and each of its partners, officers, directors, employees, and agents, against, and to hold each of them harmless from, any and all claims and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) that may arise from your unauthorized use of material obtained from the Web site, from your breach of these Terms and Conditions, and from any such acts arising through your use of the Web site.

Third Party Content Provider Notices

You may not publish, broadcast, rewrite for broadcast or publication, or redistribute directly or indirectly in any medium text, photo, or graphic material made available on the Web site. Neither the materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. ACTA will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.

Jurisdiction

You agree that any claim, action, or proceeding arising out of these Terms and Conditions, or your use of the Web site, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a district or federal court in the District of Columbia. In addition, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) applies to your use of the Web site only and does not cover information collected by any third party sites to which this Web site links. This Privacy Policy is part of, and hereby incorporated into, the Web site’s Terms and Conditions.

The following outlines how we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website.

ACTA does not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing that information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any outside parties.

We collect and store only the following information about you: the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or uark.edu if you are connecting from the University of Arkansas’ domain) the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked to our site.

We use the collected information to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more user-friendly.

If you complete the update form in order to receive updates and voluntarily share your personally identifying information in this way, we will use this information only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt-out of receiving future mailings. See Opt-Out below.

You may send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a comment or question. We use personally identifying information from e-mail primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your e-mail to other employees who are better able to answer your questions. We may also use your e-mail to contact you in the future about ACTA programs that may be of interest.

If you sign up for updates, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested. We won't share your name or e-mail address with any outside parties.

Opt-out or Change Your Contact Information

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications or to update your contact information previously provided to us through the same online form used to sign up for updates. You cannot remove yourself from our database, but you can prevent unwanted communication.

Questions

If you have any questions about this, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at: info@goacta.org.

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$25 $50 $100
$250 $500    
$1,000 (President's Circle)
$5,000 (Society of Fellows)
$10,000 (Decade Society)
Other
 




ABOUT: Donor Societies


Members of ACTA’s Donor Societies are a select group of individuals whose efforts help determine the future course of higher education. Members of all donor societies receive regular insider advisories, as well as recognition in ACTA’s annual report. ACTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and all contributions to ACTA are fully tax deductible. For more information, please contact Jacquie Pfeffer Merrill by phone at 1-888-ALUMNI-8 or 202-467-6787 or by email at jmerrill@goacta.org.

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE ($25,000)

Members of the Chairman’s Circle, ACTA’s most distinguished donor group, sustain ACTA’s work at the highest level. They receive invitations to two or more exclusive dinners every year with key national education leaders; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; inscribed copies of notable books throughout the year; and opportunities to meet with key educational leaders one-on-one.

DECADE SOCIETY ($10,000)

Members of the Decade Society receive invitations to two exclusive dinners every year with key national education leaders; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books throughout the year.

SOCIETY OF FELLOWS ($5,000)

Members of the Society of Fellows, ACTA’s core group of supporters, receive an invitation to an exclusive dinner every year with a key national education leader; tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable; and inscribed copies of notable books throughout the year.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($1,000)

Members of the President’s Circle receive tickets to ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable.

LEGACY SOCIETY (BEQUEST OR PLANNED GIFT)

Members of the Legacy Society are those individuals who will drive ACTA’s work into the future—creating a legacy that will last.  Depending on the bequest gift, ACTA has a number of naming opportunities, scholarship and fellowship funds, and long-term projects to honor and remember the members of our Legacy Society.

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ABOUT: ACTA Internships


Summer 2014 Internship Program

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni seeks accomplished, high-energy undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with excellent research and communication abilities to apply for summer internships.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

ACTA's national network includes alumni and trustees from more than 1,100 colleges and universities, including over 14,000 current board members. Our quarterly newsletter, Inside Academe, reaches nearly 13,000 readers.

All fellows and summer interns participate in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members. Past seminar speakers have included Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; and Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University.

Spring and summer interns will research, write, perform clerical and administrative tasks, and enter data. ACTA interns have provided critical assistance to the full-time staff, including research for the What Will They Learn?™ project and preparing materials that have appeared in nationally-syndicated news stories and sent to trustees and alumni across the country. Alumni of the internship program have returned to work at ACTA, and have gone on to work at other Washington area policy organizations. All interns receive stipends of $1,500 per month, thanks to the generosity of ACTA's supporters.

Application requirements

ACTA will hire on a rolling basis. Please apply as early as possible, but no later than April 1 for summer internships. Applicants to be considered both for the Lewit Fellowship and for a summer internship need only to submit one application.

To apply for any internship or fellowship, please mail, e-mail, or fax:

  1. Your resume and transcript. (An unofficial transcript will suffice.)
  2. A letter of recommendation from someone who has taught you and can comment on your academic and analytic abilities and promise. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the internship or fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.


All applications and questions should be directed to 1726 M Street NW, Suite 802 Washington, DC 20036, internship@goacta.org, or (202) 467-6784 (fax).

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ABOUT: Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy


Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy

The Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy is available for a two-month period during the summer or the academic year to a student currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate studies at any institution of higher education, with preference given to students of Harvard University. Recent graduates with a strong interest in ACTA's mission of higher-education reform and an excellent scholarly record may also be considered. The Fellowship is made possible by Dr. Robert T. Lewit—a 1959 graduate of Harvard College, 1963 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and chairman of ACTA's Board of Directors.

Lewit Fellows report to ACTA president Anne D. Neal (Harvard College '77 and Harvard Law School '80) and other senior staff. Their projects include research and writing, some of which may be published by ACTA. They play a full part in the research work of ACTA and attend higher-education meetings and conferences as appropriate. Lewit Fellows also participate—along with ACTA summer interns—in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members, as well as such experts as Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; and Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University.

Fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 in equal monthly installments during the fellowship, as well as a housing and travel allowance of $2,000. Fellows must reside in the Washington, D.C. area and work in ACTA's offices for 40 hours per week during the full length of the Fellowship.

The application process for summer 2014 will open on February 1, 2014. If you are interested in an academic-year fellowship, please contact internship@goacta.org.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy, please mail, e-mail, or fax:

  1. Your resume and transcript.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your institution. (A letter from another individual may supplement, but not replace, this letter.)
  3. A letter of one to two pages explaining why the Lewit Fellowship is of interest to you and why you should be selected for it.


Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, as applications are processed on a rolling basis. Applications for summer 2014 fellowships must be received by April 1, 2014.

All applications—as well as any questions about the Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy—should be directed to internship@goacta.org.

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ABOUT: Fellowships & Internships


FELLOWSHIPS

Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy

The Robert Lewit Fellowship in Education Policy is available for a two-month period during the summer or the academic year to a student currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate studies at any institution of higher education, with preference given to students of Harvard University. Recent graduates with a strong interest in ACTA's mission of higher-education reform and an excellent scholarly record may also be considered. The Fellowship is made possible by Dr. Robert T. Lewit—a 1959 graduate of Harvard College, 1963 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and chairman of ACTA's Board of Directors.

Lewit Fellows report to ACTA president Anne D. Neal (Harvard College '77 and Harvard Law School '80) and other senior staff. Their projects include research and writing, some of which may be published by ACTA. They play a full part in the research work of ACTA and attend higher-education meetings and conferences as appropriate. Lewit Fellows also participate—along with ACTA summer interns—in a special series of seminars with ACTA staff and board members, as well as such experts as Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Dr. Richard K. Vedder, distinguished professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University; Arthur Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College; and Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of The George Washington University.

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INTERNSHIPS

Spring 2014 Internship Program

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni seeks accomplished, high-energy undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with excellent research and communication abilities to apply for summer internships.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

Learn More >>

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ABOUT: Scholars


Scholar in Residence

Clara Lovett

The American Council of Trustees & Alumni welcomes the addition of Dr. Clara Lovett as ACTA’s scholar-in-residence. Dr. Lovett’s primary focus will be accreditation reform. Continue Reading »

 

Council of Scholars

The distinguished professors who comprise ACTA’s Council of Scholars provide guidance on academic policy issues. Small working groups of the Council help ACTA set appropriate standards and criteria for its What Will They Learn?™ core curriculum project.

George E. Andrews
Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics,
Penn State University
 
  Robert “KC” Johnson
Professor of History, City University of New York – Brooklyn College
 
Mark Bauerlein
Professor of English,
Emory University
 
  Alan Charles Kors
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History,
University of Pennsylvania
 
Marc Zvi Brettler
Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies, Brandeis University
 
  Jon D. Levenson
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School
 
Paul Davies
Professor of Philosophy,
College of William & Mary
 
  Molly Levine
Professor of Classics,
Howard University
 
William Fagan
Professor of Biology,
University of Maryland
 
  Michael Podgursky
Professor of Economics,
University of Missouri
 
Judith Farr
Professor of English emerita,
Georgetown University
 
  Sidney L. Gulick III
Professor of Mathematics,
University of Maryland
 
Matthew A. Malkan
Professor of Astrophysics,
University of California
Los Angeles
 
  James A. Sellers
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Mathematics,
Pennsylvania State University
 
William Cook
Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, State University of New York – Geneseo
 
  Joyce Lee Malcolm
Professor of law, George Mason University; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
 
David C. Doughty, Jr.
Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Christopher Newport University
 
  Anatoly M. Khazanov
Ernest Gellner Professor of Anthropology emeritus, University of Wisconsin; Fellow of the British Academy
 
George R. Lucas, Jr.
Class of 1984 Distinguished Chair in Ethics, Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, US Naval Academy; Professor of Ethics and Public Policy, Graduate School of Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School.
 
   

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ABOUT: Employment


There are no open positions at this time.

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ABOUT: Mission


The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives a philosophically rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

For further information about ACTA,
please see our Q&A brochure and a
brief history of our activities.

 

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

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