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.

Robert DuPont: Combating drug and alcohol use on the American college campus

January 17, 2020 |

Robert L. DuPont, MD, one of the nation's leading voices on drug and alcohol use, joins us for a passionate discussion on recovery, prevention, and what college leaders need to know to save students' lives and help them… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Explores the Problem of Campus Anti-Semitism

January 13, 2020 |

Do colleges treat anti-Semitism differently from sexism and racism? Evan Gerstmann, professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, phoned in to talk with ACTA president Michael Poliakoff about his two recent Forbes articles: the… Continue Reading >>

George LaNoue Speaks About Speaker Disinvitations on Campus

December 23, 2019 |

Professor George LaNoue brings a lifetime of teaching college students about the First Amendment, educational policy, Constitutional law, civil rights, and more. He sat down with Doug Sprei at ACTA to spotlight his richly… Continue Reading >>

Hampden-Sydney College Leadership Joins ACTA to Discuss Informed Citizenship

December 23, 2019 |

In a conversation recorded on Veteran's Day, Michael Poliakoff explores the expansive influence of the liberal arts tradition with two of its most dedicated proponents, John Hillen and Ryan Pemberton from Hampden-Sydney College -- an… Continue Reading >>

Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?

November 26, 2019 |

For $73,000 per year, top students with SAT scores well north of 1,500 count themselves lucky to be accepted by Williams College. There, however, despite the chilly Massachusetts climate, they are in danger of melting with their fellow snowflakes.

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ACTA’s Merrill Award Winner Featured in The Wall Street Journal

November 13, 2019 |

The Honorable José A. Cabranes penned an op-ed “Higher Education’s Enemy Within”  in The Wall Street Journal that was adapted from his speech delivered at our annual ATHENA Gala on October 18 when we… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Speech First

November 7, 2019 |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and the Independent Women’s Law Center (IWF) filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The brief supports Speech First,… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Poliakoff’s Latest Forbes Piece Profiles HBCUs

October 25, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff recently wrote an article in Forbes titled "How Historically Black Colleges And Universities Set A Better Example." To read the full article, click… Continue Reading >>

“What Will They Learn?” Launches New Website, 2019-2020 Data

September 16, 2019 |

ACTA has launched the 2019-2020 edition of its annual What Will They Learn? report, complete with a new website. To check out the new site, click here >> 

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ACTA Releases Civics Survey

September 10, 2019 |

ACTA conducted a national survey to gage public knowledge on U.S. history and government, and the results are startling.

To read the full survey, click… Continue Reading >>

Wall Street Journal Quotes ACTA

September 10, 2019 |

Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn quoted ACTA heavily in his article "Is Majoring in English Worth It?" 

To read the full article, click… Continue Reading >>

The Hill Cites ACTA As Leader in Academic Freedom

September 3, 2019 |

In "College open new school year with same fear of free expression," DePauw University Professor Jeffrey M. McCall cites ACTA as a leader in the academic freedom space. "The president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Michael… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Poliakoff’s Latest Piece in Forbes

September 3, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff's latest piece in Forbes, "How Disruptive Innovation Makes Some Colleges Into Grasshoppers and Others Into Ants," builds upon his first piece for Forbes on building utilization. 

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Michael Poliakoff Becomes Forbes Contributor

August 19, 2019 |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff has recently become a regular contributor for Forbes covering higher education. His first article, "Why the Campus Building Boom May Be a Bust," highlights how many colleges… Continue Reading >>

New Podcast with April Lawson

August 14, 2019 |

April Lawson is a guiding light and director of debates at Better Angels, a remarkable national organization that has surged into the spotlight by effectively teaching citizens to combat polarization and restore civil dialogue across America.… Continue Reading >>

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