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

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Scholars, higher education leaders, and policymakers have contributed to ACTA's library of resources.

A must-listen-to

September 2010 by David Azerrad |

Mark Taylor, chair of the Religion Department at Columbia University and author of Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and UniversitiesContinue Reading >>

Case closed?

August 2010 by David Azerrad |

While the University of Illinois's decision to reinstate Professor Kenneth Howell—who… Continue Reading >>

The other way to deal with the crisis

August 2010 by David Azerrad |

Colleges and universities across the country are feeling the pinch: endowments have tumbled, donations are down and states appropriations have been drastically… Continue Reading >>

Colleges and community service

July 2010 by David Azerrad |

The Treasury and Education Departments are currently studying the idea of making community service mandatory for anyone who wants to receive a tax credit for… Continue Reading >>

Making higher ed less opaque

July 2010 by David Azerrad |

Our friends at the Delta Cost Project have unveiled an easy to use and wonderfully helpful new web-based database that will allow parents, students, trustees… Continue Reading >>

They build it and now they’ve come

July 2010 by David Azerrad |

When the University of the District of Columbia's president and board first put forward their plan to split UDC into a four-year university and a community… Continue Reading >>

Bye-bye blue books

July 2010 by David Azerrad |

It looks like final exams may soon join the ranks of other relics in higher education which include Friday classes, rigorous core requirements, tough grading… Continue Reading >>

The father of Constitution Day

June 2010 by David Azerrad |

Absent from many obituaries about Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member in the history of Congress, is the Senator's commitment to the teaching and… Continue Reading >>

The A+ core

May 2010 by David Azerrad |

We at ACTA know a thing or two about gen ed requirements. We have after all ploughed through dozens upon dozens of course catalogues to evaluate some 170 colleges… Continue Reading >>

Kudos to SIU

May 2010 by David Azerrad |

In a welcome piece of news, the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees recently voted to Continue Reading >>

A non-response from Arkansas

May 2010 by David Azerrad |

Several press accounts have indicated that plans are underway at the University of Arkansas Continue Reading >>

The worst-paying college degrees

May 2010 by David Azerrad |

The Huffington Post has an amusing slide showContinue Reading >>

Sensitivity vs. humility

May 2010 by David Azerrad |

Our friend Peter Berkowitz on "the virtues of toleration and intellectual humility":

our students and faculty need to learn to be less sensitive.… Continue Reading >>

Heckler’s veto at issue

April 2010 by David Azerrad |

Last month, the Ayers circus rolled into Laramie, Wyoming. After cancelled performances at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Millersville University, and Boston… Continue Reading >>

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