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.

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...

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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 to the...

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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, June 10), Middlebury College President Laurie Patton states her commitment to a robust public square for open and fearless...

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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 of...

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Civics education requirements shouldn’t be history

April 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

In his April 22 op-ed, “We’re not teaching the A-B-C’s of civics. That’s a problem,” Colbert I. King correctly pointed to civic illiteracy as a great and...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Chaos on UC Campuses: Chancellors Hexter and Dirks Show Principled Courage

February 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Chaos ensued at UC Berkeley this week, following a planned speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of rescinding the invitation, UC-Berkeley...

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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...

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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 4), why are do...

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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...

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Quick Take: First Improve University Management

September 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

In Charles Pruitt’s “Partisan politics is undermining the ‘Public Ivies,’” he blames declining state funding for the cycle of rising tuition and diminished...

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How UC–Berkeley Can Dig Out

September 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Desperate times call for desperate measures. So it was in June, when the University of California–Berkeley created Ideaction, a website for friends of Cal to...

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Invite Beier Back

September 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

I write to express concern about the decision of Newman University to disinvite Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier (“Newman cancels talk by Supreme Court...

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