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.


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.

Brandon Busteed: Higher Ed’s Crucial Conversations Amidst the Pandemic Crisis

April 2020 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic expands, higher ed leaders, faculty, and students are being forced to adapt in real time and rethink the future. Kaplan University Partners… Listen Here >>

Lee Bessette: Online Learning and “Pandemic Pedagogy” Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

March 2020 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic propels a massive, rapid-fire shift to delivering courses online, how are faculty, institutions, and students reckoning with… Listen Here >>

Amelia Arria: A Researcher’s Lens on Drinking and Drug Use in College

February 2020 |

One of the nation's leading researchers in the field of drug and alcohol abuse, Dr. Amelia Arria is respected by higher ed leaders and policy… Listen Here >>

Robert DuPont: “Denormalizing” Drug and Alcohol Use on Campus

January 2020 |

Robert L. DuPont, MD, one of the nation's leading voices on drug and alcohol use, joins us for a passionate discussion on recovery, prevention,… Listen Here >>

Evan Gerstmann: Unpacking the President’s Executive Order on Campus Anti-Semitism

January 2020 |

Do colleges treat anti-Semitism differently from sexism and racism? Evan Gerstmann, professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University,… Listen Here >>

John Hillen and Ryan Pemberton:  Engaged Citizenship and the Liberal Arts Tradition

December 2019 |

In a conversation recorded on Veteran's Day, Michael Poliakoff explores the expansive influence of the liberal arts tradition with two of its most dedicated… Listen Here >>

George LaNoue: Silenced Stages on the American Campus

December 2019 |

Professor George LaNoue brings a lifetime of teaching college students about the First Amendment, educational policy, Constitutional law, civil… Listen Here >>

Rick Hess: The National Challenge of Civic Education

November 2019 |

"What can educators, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and activists do to create a higher ed ecosystem that's as rich and diverse and intellectually curious… Listen Here >>

Abigail & John: American History Profoundly Portrayed in a Children’s Book

October 2019 |

The loving partnership of Abigail and John Adams had a remarkable impact in shaping America's founding and history. ACTA's Michael PoliakoffListen Here >>

CollegePoint: A Launchpad for Student Success

September 2019 |

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the innovative CollegePoint program is giving thousands of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income… Listen Here >>

Phil Magness and Jason Brennan: Cracks in Higher Ed’s Ivory Tower

September 2019 |

ACTA's Erik Gross serves up a conversation with Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness, the authors of "Cracks In the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education."… Listen Here >>

Kyler Gray: A Student’s Impact on Higher Ed Governance

August 2019 |

Kyler Gray, a rising senior at the University of Central Florida, is an emerging higher education leader. On top of full time studies, he serves as the president… Listen Here >>

April Lawson: Leading Better Angels Debates to Depolarize America

August 2019 |

April Lawson is the director and lead architect of debates at Better Angels, a national organization that has surged into the spotlight by effectively teaching… Listen Here >>

Meaningful Professions, Meaningful Lives: Dr. Fred Beuttler on the Liberal Arts

August 2019 |

Is there really a disjunct between the world of the practical and the world of the liberal arts? Dr. Fred Beuttler, guiding light of the Graham School of Continuing… Listen Here >>

Wallace Hall: College Admissions Scandal Whistleblower

July 2019 |

Back in 2011, Wallace Hall was sounding alarms about admissions wrongdoings at the University of Texas System, where he served as Regent. His activism drew blistering… Listen Here >>

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