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.

Press Releases

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.

ACTA Recognizes Exceptional Liberal Arts Programs

September 11, 2019 |
Washington, DC – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has recognized five academic honors programs as the inaugural class of “Hidden Gems.” Hidden Gems deserve the attention… Continue Reading >>

Colleges Failing to Prepare Students for Careers and Citizenship

September 10, 2019 |
Washington, DC – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has released the latest edition of its signature publication What Will They Learn? 2019-2020. This year’s report has a new look… Continue Reading >>

America’s Knowledge Crisis: A Survey on Civic Literacy

September 6, 2019 |
Washington, DC — A national survey commissioned by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) draws new attention to a crisis in civic understanding and the urgent need for renewed focus… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Speech First in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

August 19, 2019 |
Washington, DC – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) filed an amicus brief for the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Joined by the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF),… Continue Reading >>

Liberal Arts Colleges Spend Twice as Much on Bureaucracy Compared to the Ivies

August 13, 2019 |
Washington, DC – Research conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and experts in college financing reveals that the top 25 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report… Continue Reading >>

College admissions scandal whistleblower Wallace Hall wins national award from ACTA

July 25, 2019 |
Washington, DC – Wallace Hall, a former regent of the University of Texas System, will be presented with the Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in College Trusteeship. This award recognizes dedicated… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Welcomes Director of Academic Affairs

June 10, 2019 |
Washington, DC – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is proud to announce the appointment of Jonathan Pidluzny as Director of Academic Affairs. Dr. Pidluzny has had a distinguished career… Continue Reading >>

New report urges evidence-based action by college presidents and trustees to address substance use on campus

June 10, 2019 |
Washington, D.C. – As colleges and universities acknowledge the connection between behavioral health and student success, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has launched a report calling… Continue Reading >>

Admissions Scandal Hero Wallace Hall will speak at Texas Public Policy Foundation on June 12

June 7, 2019 |
Austin, TX – On Wednesday, June 12, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and the Texas Public Policy Foundation will host a luncheon event featuring Wallace Hall, a former regent of the… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Unveils its Heroes of Intellectual Freedom

May 29, 2019 |
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has launched “Heroes of Intellectual Freedom,” which highlights stories of principled individuals who have thoughtfully… Continue Reading >>

Edwin Williamson Is Elected Board Chairman at ACTA

April 9, 2019 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that Edwin Williamson has been elected as the new chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Williamson is a former chairman… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Launches HowCollegesSpendMoney.com

January 31, 2019 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that it has launched HowCollegesSpendMoney.com, an innovative gateway into a vast trove of data on college spending across the… Continue Reading >>

Center for Vision & Values Becomes 67th Member of ACTA’s Oases of Excellence Network

November 27, 2018 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced the addition of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College to the Oases of Excellence network. The Center… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Salutes Paul Levy at ATHENA

November 5, 2018 |
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni presented the Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in Trusteeship to Paul Levy at its annual ATHENA Roundtable conference on October 12 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Levy… Continue Reading >>

New Guide Provides University Boards with Tools to Strengthen Freedom of Expression on Campus

October 23, 2018 |
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced the release of Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm of the Antonin Scalia Law… Continue Reading >>
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