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

The Constitution, free speech and college campuses

October 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

It might have been too much to hope that after the tumultuous 2016 election, our nation’s discourse would simmer down and that cooler heads would prevail.… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Betty Capaldi Phillips

September 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is with great sadness that ACTA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips. Her career as a professor, scholar, and university administrator was one of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Issues Statement on Charlottesville Protests

August 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

“On August 12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia and the Grounds of the University of Virginia became the target of a fringe group of extremists and xenophobes… Continue Reading >>

A Campus Culture of Free Expression Brings Many Rewards

July 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Amidst an unrelenting cycle of campus controversies, a generous benefactor has prepared the ground for free speech to flourish at one of the nation’s great… Continue Reading >>

Who’s Afraid of Course Requirements?

July 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In a recent salvo in what some observers call the “war on the core (curriculum),” Donal O’Shea, president of New College of Florida, points… Continue Reading >>

Middlebury’s Student Discipline Is Too Mild

Middlebury’s disciplinary actions in response to the violation of Charles Murray’s right to speak and the right of others to hear him were toothless.
June 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In “The Outspoken Campus” (Review,… Continue Reading >>

Q&A with the President of the University of Chicago: Safeguarding Free Expression

June 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

As freedom of expression faces increasingly difficult challenges on college campuses, the University of Chicago has emerged as the leading voice in defense… Continue Reading >>

How Gorsuch’s SCOTUS tap is a painful reminder of civic ignorance

March 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

While the nine members of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hold enormous sway over the direction of American jurisprudence and over everyday life,… Continue Reading >>

The Campus Kangaroo Courts

A new book documents the abandonment of due process at universities.
February 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sexual violence is a crime that merits prosecution with the full force of law. But a new book by Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor… Continue Reading >>

Yale, Calhoun College, and Historical Amnesia

February 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Just last week, Yale University announced that it would rename Calhoun College, reversing an April 2016 decision to retain the residential college’s name,… Continue Reading >>

LETTER: For better voting, require civic education

October 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sheila Suess Kennedy’s column on voter behavior was too quick to discount the impact that civic education can have on the electoral process [Too many Americans… Continue Reading >>

Quick Takes: Failing Humanities Programs Have Themselves to Blame

October 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

If students who major in humanities disciplines tend to have good job prospects (“When parents won’t let their kids study literature” August… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: James T. Neal, 1921–2016

October 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

At a time when freedom of the press has been challenged by a disquietingly large number of college students, ACTA pays tribute to the memory of a principled and… Continue Reading >>

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