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.

ACTA In The News

ACTA's publications, press releases and public advocacy for academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities reach a wide audience and have been cited by national newspapers, television commentators, and by state and federal government, including Congress and the President of the United States.

Florida challenged over new civics literacy exam

Politico Pro
May 27, 2020 by Andrew Atterbury |
TALLAHASSEE — Civics education advocates are fighting to invalidate an exam recently approved by the Florida Board of Education as an option for students to meet college graduation requirements. In a… Continue Reading >>

Critics charge education agency’s new civics test has ‘eroded’ Florida’s legacy

Politico Pro
May 14, 2020 by Andrew Atterbury |
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s oft heralded civics education model is under fire from critics who argue a new test approved by the state allows college students to pass with a watered-down understanding… Continue Reading >>

A Small Religious University In West Texas Foreshadows What May Become Of Higher Education

May 14, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) was founded in 1891 in Abilene, Texas with the mission “To bring young men and women to Christ; to teach them of Christ; to train them for Christ” and has remained… Continue Reading >>

A Childish Fear of Western Civilization

Imaginative Conservative
April 29, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
In September 1999, my wife and I traveled to Guangdong province in China to complete the adoption of our daughter. We went out shopping accompanied by our official CPC escort, and gazing at our beautiful new… Continue Reading >>

What Will COVID-19 Mean For Academic Freedom?

April 21, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Colleges and universities across the nation have closed their campuses and moved toward online education in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The rapid transition to remote learning has posed numerous,… Continue Reading >>

Colleges and universities threatened by COVID-19

The Washington Examiner
April 15, 2020 by Michael Barone |
Some of America’s most beautiful spaces, our college and university campuses, are closed and empty these days. Schools have canceled their spring semesters and commencements because of the COVID-19 virus;… Continue Reading >>

How Higher Education Leaders Should Respond To The Coronavirus Financial Crisis

April 14, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
The coronavirus pandemic has imposed grave, urgent financial pressure on colleges and universities. Campuses had to move courses online in a matter of days, students and parents are demanding housing and meal… Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed Is Crumbling

Law & Liberty
April 13, 2020 by Scott Yenor |
John M. Ellis’ new book, The Breakdown of Higher Education, argues that higher education is so corrupt that it can only be reformed from the outside. One might observe now that if our politicians… Continue Reading >>

Course Correction: Will the Coronavirus Crisis Upend the Higher Ed Fundraising Model?

Inside Philanthropy
April 8, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
A few weeks before the pandemic turned higher ed fundraising upside down, Public Administration Review (PAR) published a study titled “Understanding Motivations of Mega-Gift Donors to Higher Education:… Continue Reading >>

Berkeley moves to ‘lock down’ students’ browsers to prevent cheating

Campus Reform
April 8, 2020 by Mary Rose Corkery |
The University of California-Berkeley is restricting professors from proctoring virtual exams to ensure students don't cheat. Rather, the university has opted to implement a "browser lockdown" method. Campus… Continue Reading >>

Reaction and Response: ACTA Sends Letter to Hardin-Simmons Trustees

Ethics Daily
April 8, 2020 |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) raised concerns about recent decisions at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) in Abilene, Texas, to close its seminary and other programs. ACTA is “a service… Continue Reading >>

American Council of Trustees and Alumni Takes Interest in Hardin-Simmons Program Cuts

Abilene Reporter News
April 7, 2020 by Timothy Chipp |
A national group of higher-education advisers has taken an interest in the financial situation at Hardin-Simmons University. In response to program changes, including the pending closing of the Logsdon… Continue Reading >>

From Boom to Bust: It’s a New and Scary World for Higher Ed Fundraising

Inside Philanthropy
April 2, 2020 by Mike Scutari |
Earlier this year, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) found that alumni giving fell 7.9 percent from 2018 to 2019. Ann Kaplan, senior director of the study, said the drop “doesn't… Continue Reading >>

National council raises concerns with HSU trustees

Baptist Standard
April 2, 2020 by Ken Camp |
A national organization committed to academic freedom and institutional accountability has raised questions about rising administrative costs, perceived lack of shared governance and possible violation of donor… Continue Reading >>

Liberty University Demonstrates What Not To Do During A Pandemic

April 1, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Last fall, I wrote about the poor leadership of Liberty University, a private, Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the board’s lack of oversight over Liberty University President… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Richard Gilder

May 15, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff

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