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.

Academic Freedom Under Attack: A Conversation With Amy Wax

June 2019 |

Even after enduring intense criticism and professional censure for airing her controversial views in public, University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor… Listen Here >>

Kai Fox: Igniting Change on Campus With Students for Free Expression

May 2019 |

Kai Fox, a rising junior at American University who serves as the CEO for Students for Free Expression, outlines his group's mission to build a student-led… Listen Here >>

Samuel Abrams and Paul Levy: Academic Freedom Under Attack

April 2019 |

When Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times in October 2018, he didn't expect a stunning… Listen Here >>

Sean Decatur: Kenyon College’s Leader Thrives on Science and Liberal Arts

February 2019 |

Sean Decatur, the dynamic President of Kenyon College, sat down with Erik Gross (a Kenyon alumnus) to delve into the virtues of a liberal… Listen Here >>

Robert Kelchen: Exploring Higher Ed Accountability

February 2019 |

Seton Hall University Professor Robert Kelchen explores higher ed accountability, and explains how accreditation practices, private-sector interests,… Listen Here >>

Jonathan Zimmerman: Liberating the Liberal Arts

January 2019 |

Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Case for Contention: Teaching… Listen Here >>

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Bruce Cole

December 2018 |

Bruce Cole, who passed away in January 2018, is most often remembered for his outstanding leadership of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Beyond that,… Listen Here >>

What Will They Learn? Preparing Students for the 21st Century Marketplace

December 2018 |

Now in its 10th year, What Will They Learn is one of ACTA’s most courageous and groundbreaking initiatives. It takes a penetrating look at more… Listen Here >>

Michael Horn: Accreditation on the Edge

November 2018 |

The vastly complex accreditation system in higher education is a gateway to more than $120 billion in annual federal student aid—and it is urgently in need… Listen Here >>

David Blankenhorn: Depolarizing America with Better Angels

August 2018 |

ACTA is proudly partnering with Better Angels, a depolarization initiative that has grown explosively and drawn wide media attention since its launch shortly… Listen Here >>

Dr. Fred Beuttler: Historian and Liberal Arts Champion

June 2018 |

Listen in on an inspiring conversation with Dr. Fred Beuttler, Associate Dean and guiding light behind the University of Chicago’s… Listen Here >>

Hanna Holborn Gray: Architect of UChicago’s Liberal Arts Legacy

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 >>

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