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.

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 >>

Mark Grovic: 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 >>

Jonathan Rauch: 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 >>

Bryan Caplan: Is 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 >>

Michael Itzkowitz: Demystifying Accreditation

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 >>

Steven Cowley: 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 >>

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