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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.

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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Civic Illiteracy and Civic Disempowerment

September 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Constitution Day provides a critical opportunity for students and citizens to reflect on the importance of America’s Founding documents and their relevance to...

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Political History Fades From View

September 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

The disappearance of political history from the college classroom is a symptom of a larger problem: Why did universities stop requiring American history?

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In Memoriam, William Craig Rice

June 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Bill Rice was a scholar and man of letters, whose commitment to the humanities was passionate and articulate. His untimely death on June 20 at the age of 61 is...

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Disinvitation, Northwestern Style

June 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

On May 31, the Washington Post published the distressing account of how three-star general and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry withdrew...

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No: Liberal arts education produces better citizens, more rewarding careers

June 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

A liberal arts education uniquely provides workplace skills new graduates need for rewarding, remunerative careers.

A strong liberal arts foundation, combined...

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Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary, 5/12/2016] accurately identified the profound threat to...

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