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.

Podcasts

In addition to its extensive library of printed materials for trustees, alumni, policymakers, students, and parents, ACTA offers a series of videos and podcasts on topics of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability.

The views and opinions expressed by guests on Higher Ed Now are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of ACTA.

Podcast: Hanna Holborn Gray

June 2018 |

Listen in on a remarkable conversation with Hanna Gray, the acclaimed former president of the University of Chicago, and one of the nation’s… Listen Here >>

Getting Philanthropic Returns

March 2018 by Christine Ravold |

What do philanthropists and investors have in common? A lot more than you’d think. A new generation of “venture philanthropists” are looking… Listen Here >>

Alt-truth: New and Old Threats to Intellectual Freedom

March 2018 by Christine Ravold |

It isn’t a question of if intellectual freedom is under threat, but how it is under threat. Long-time free speech advocate and author… Listen Here >>

Higher Ed: A Waste of Money and Time?

February 2018 by Christine Ravold |

The dismal science has more bad news for American higher education. Economist Bryan Caplan’s new book, The Case Against Education, finds that a college… Listen Here >>

Demystifying Accreditation with Third Way

January 2018 by Christine Ravold |

Many people have expressed dissatisfaction with American higher education. But students and taxpayers don’t know about the oblique system responsible for… Listen Here >>

STEM-ming the Criticism of the Liberal Arts

December 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Theoretical physicist and international authority on nuclear fusion, Dr. Steven Cowley joins Higher Ed Now to discuss the crucial role… Listen Here >>

A Budget Balance for Trustees and Policymakers

December 2017 by Christine Ravold |

What is higher education’s role in society? And how can trustees and policymakers ensure that future generations receive a quality education at an affordable… Listen Here >>

Finance and Affordability: The Economic Drivers in Higher Ed

November 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Why is college so expensive? This deceptively simple question troubles students, parents, and policymakers alike. Barring large changes to the educational landscape,… Listen Here >>

Culture, Confidence, and Consumerism in Higher Education

November 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Financial pressures and technological innovations all contribute to an unpredictable higher education landscape, but these obstacles can also present opportunities… Listen Here >>

Reinvigorating the Humanities in American Life

September 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Some say the humanities have lost their way. But there is hope for the future. Can developments in the digital humanities bring about a renaissance in the way… Listen Here >>

How Innovative Universities are Ditching Competition and Joining Forces

May 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Even when it isn’t football or basketball season, colleges can be competitive with each other; they compete for grants, students, faculty and top administrators.… Listen Here >>

The Real March Madness

March 2017 by Christine Ravold |

How's your NCAA March Madness bracket doing? College sports aren't just about the thrill of victory anymore. Over the years, more and more respected college… Listen Here >>

Presidential History and Pop Culture

February 2017 by Christine Ravold |

February is a month brimming with history. David Bruce Smith, founder and president of The Grateful American Foundation, rejoins Higher Ed Now with ACTA President… Listen Here >>

Lessons in University Leadership with Stephen Trachtenberg

February 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Sit down for this exclusive interview with George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. From working with individual trustees and… Listen Here >>

Reimagining the Cost and Value of College

January 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Daniel Pianko, managing director of University Ventures, joins Higher Ed Now to discuss how new education innovation is helping to… Listen Here >>

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