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.

April Lawson: Leading Better Angels Debates to Depolarize America

August 2019 |

April Lawson is a guiding light and director of debates at Better Angels, a remarkable national organization that has surged into the spotlight by effectively… 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 >>

David Corey: Reinvigorating Liberal Education

July 2019 |

David Corey, Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, drives a dialogue with ACTA's Michael Poliakoff and Erik Gross about the vital qualities… Listen Here >>

Manu Meel: Students Bridging the Political Divide

June 2019 |

Manu Meel, a rising senior at the University of California–Berkeley who serves as the CEO of BridgeUSA, discusses how students can reform our political… Listen Here >>

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 >>

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