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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.

Free Speech on Trial: Falk vs. Derbyshire; Woodward vs. Shockley; Bollinger vs. Ahmedinejad

March 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Does free speech on a college campus matter? Williams College President Adam Falk responded last week to criticism of his February 19 cancellation of John Derbyshire’s… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

With the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost an unwavering defender of the principles on which this nation was founded. As ACTA… Continue Reading >>

Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions… Continue Reading >>

College ignorance and the threat to liberty

Students who don’t know American history are apt to trash it
February 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Media outlets around the country have reported that 10 percent of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin — better known as TV’s “Judge Judy”… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam Peter Schramm

August 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A great scholar, teacher, and patriot left this world on August 16, 2015. Peter Schramm was unforgettable in his passion for liberty and truth and in the excitement… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam Amy Kass

August 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

“A woman of valor who can find, for her price is far above rubies. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue (Prov. 31:… Continue Reading >>

From the Bookshelf: A Prescription for Successful Schools

August 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sandra Stotsky has devoted her entire career to maintaining high standards in American education, particularly in the training of teachers. As Senior Associate… Continue Reading >>

Higher college tuition need not be a given

May 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

Molly Corbett Broad’s May 24 Local Opinions essay, “Aboard the college tuition roller coaster,” would have us believe that, if state support… Continue Reading >>

Letters: College Men Litigate for Due Process

In the important campaign to end sexual assault on campus, due-process rights remain the bulwark of a just and lawful society
March 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

The string of higher-education lawsuits over alleged violations of due process in sexual-assault cases is no surprise (Continue Reading >>

The Sad Fate of Sweet Briar College

March 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A storied women's liberal arts college founded in 1901 will close its doors this year. How could this happen, and what does this very sad story mean for… Continue Reading >>

Moral Clarity and Academic Freedom:  Larry Summers at Columbia

February 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

On January 29th, Professor Lawrence Summers inaugurated the Columbia University Center for Law and Liberty’s new program on academic freedom.… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Stephane Charbonnier and Colleagues at Charlie Hebdo

January 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

On January 7, the unblinking, unwavering gadfly editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo fell along with nine of his colleagues to assassins’… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: A. Graham Down

September 2014 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is with both sadness and admiration that we mark the passing of A. Graham Down on August 30, 2014.

Graham Down lived a long and vigorous life as an… Continue Reading >>

Higher-Ed Accreditors Have Too Much Power

July 2014 by Michael Poliakoff |

Every year, the federal government distributes money to colleges, universities, and trade schools across the country in the form of subsidized loans and grants.… Continue Reading >>

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