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.

ACTA Announces the Project on American Democracy & Citizenship at the University of Montana as Oasis of Excellence

November 11, 2019

Washington, DC – In 2014, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) began honoring outstanding programs at colleges and universities across the country that promote the study of American history, Western Civilization, and the Great Books. The Oases of Excellence project includes over 60 programs at a wide range of institutions and serves as a valuable resource for alumni and donors committed to supporting a traditional liberal education. Today, we are pleased to announce that the University of Montana’s Project on American Democracy & Citizenship (PADC) has joined this prestigious group.

PADC “aims to foster an open and on-going conversation about core liberal arts questions and their relation to American government and society.” PADC’s academic program features in-depth study of American politics, history, and public affairs to foster civic knowledge and the free exchange of ideas.

Dedicated to traditional liberal arts education, PADC “approaches its study of the American Experiment through a non-partisan, interdisciplinary, pluralistic lens and seeks to draw on insights from the national and local policy orbits and various academic disciplines including political science, history, philosophy, economics, literature, religion, law, liberal studies, and journalism.”

“Jefferson claimed, ‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be,’” said Michael Poliakoff, president of ACTA. “The study of civic leadership will equip our students to safeguard our freedoms and democracy. In an age too often defined by ignorance, programs like the Project on American Democracy & Citizenship ensure that students who enter America’s higher education system can grow into the informed citizens our nation needs.”

ACTA is proud to partner with a program that provides future private and public leaders with the essential understanding of political and civic thought necessary to secure the health of constitutional government for generations to come.


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