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.

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 >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

Letter: UW faculty should work with regents

May 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Rather than voting no confidence, it's time that academic insiders acknowledge current economic conditions and join with the University of Wisconsin Board… Continue Reading >>

Diversity Thwarted

April 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Intellectual diversity, that is. A… Continue Reading >>

Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees Continue Reading >>

Columbia Faculty’s Pushback Against Anti-Israel Hate Groups Preserves Free Exchange of Ideas

April 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

235 members of Columbia’s faculty, or perhaps more by now, have signed a letter to the Columbia Board of Trustees urging them to reject calls to divest… Continue Reading >>

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