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

ACTA'S BLOG: The Forum


ACTA'S BLOG: THE FORUM
A TOWN SQUARE FOR HIGHER ED

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Diversity Thwarted

April 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Intellectual diversity, that is. A new Pew Research Center study shows that those who have attended graduate school (i.e. the future professoriate) lean even farther to the left than those with only an...

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Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees acted judiciously in determining that erasing the name of former Princeton president and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson would not serve to “achieve meaningful changes...

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Free Speech on Trial: Falk vs. Derbyshire; Woodward vs. Shockley; Bollinger vs. Ahmedinejad

March 25, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Does free speech on a college campus matter? Williams College President Adam Falk responded last week to criticism of his February 19 cancellation of John Derbyshire’s scheduled presentation. Falk cited the...

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Professor Andrew Hacker channels Teen Talk Barbie

February 26, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Professor Andrew Hacker’s interview (“Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody,”) calls to mind Teen Talk Barbie, who used to say, “Math class is tough!” At least she did until the American Association of...

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In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

With the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost an unwavering defender of the principles on which this nation was founded. As ACTA shakes its head at its Constitution Day findings...

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Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting...

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Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price” of tuition and...

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America Has to Stop Paying Lip Service to STEM

December 15, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Peruse any news or education policy site today, regardless of its political bias, and you'll hear a common narrative: the U.S. is not preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs. Almost anyone with a...

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Study the Liberal Arts: You Can Get a Job!

September 16, 2015 by Ivan Larsson |

A liberal education frees the mind—it nourishes the soul and ennobles the heart. The humanities sharpen the wit. Oftentimes, policymakers dismiss these benefits for the harder currency of STEM. And yet a...

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Guest Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the For-Profit Institution

August 24, 2015 by Skip Estes |

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCi) filed for bankruptcy. CCi built its business around non-traditional students entering higher education with the help of federal...

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In Memoriam Peter Schramm

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A great scholar, teacher, and patriot left this world on August 16, 2015. Peter Schramm was unforgettable in his passion for liberty and truth and in the excitement he generated through his writings and...

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Class on Friday: Hawaii

August 21, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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In Memoriam Amy Kass

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

“A woman of valor who can find, for her price is far above rubies. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue (Prov. 31: 10, 26).” We mourn the loss of Amy Kass, distinguished...

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From the Bookshelf: A Prescription for Successful Schools

August 18, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sandra Stotsky has devoted her entire career to maintaining high standards in American education, particularly in the training of teachers. As Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of...

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Class on Friday: The Pacific Theater

August 14, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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ACTA's take on:

News Roundup

Kentucky AG sues governor over higher ed cuts

Washington Post, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

Harvard Retires Shield and Free Speech

Observer, Avraham Berkowitz

Free Speech is Threatened on Campus

Chicago Tribune, Editorial Board

Small colleges should proceed with caution

Chronicle of Higher Education, Lawrence Biemiller

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