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 In The News

ACTA's publications, press releases and public advocacy for academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities reach a wide audience and have been cited by national newspapers, television commentators, and by state and federal government, including Congress and the President of the United States.

Professors and politics

U.S. News & World Report
March 7, 2005 by Justin Evers |
The culture wars are back. In the past few months, University of Colorado Prof. Ward Churchill was bumped from a speaking engagement at Hamilton College for calling 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns," Columbia… Continue Reading >>

The Left Loses College Kids

Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2005 by Brian C. Anderson |
Throughout 2003 and into 2004, a surge of protests roiled American campuses. You probably think the kids were agitating against war in Iraq, right? Well, no. Students at UCLA, Michigan and many other schools… Continue Reading >>

The left monopoly

Santa Barbara News-Press
January 9, 2005 by Thomas Sowell |
Recently Albert Hunt's last column for the Wall Street Journal mentioned how he was recruited by the late and great Robert L. Bartley, who made that newspaper's editorial page unsurpassed in quality.… Continue Reading >>

Conservatives take up academic-freedom cause

USA Today
December 27, 2004 by Justin Pope |
At the University of North Carolina, three incoming freshmen sue over a reading assignment they say offends their Christian beliefs. In Colorado and Indiana, a national conservative group publicizes student… Continue Reading >>

Where’s the balance, professor?

Daily Breeze/Scripps Howard News Service
December 8, 2004 by Jay Ambrose |
College students are telling on their professors, and what they say is that some cheating is going on, at least if you think it's cheating to teach just one side of political issues and use your classroom… Continue Reading >>

Higher Education In Decline

New York Sun
December 8, 2004 by Walter E. Williams |
College costs have risen dramatically over the last several decades. In many cases, it's difficult to find a college where per-student costs are under $20,000 each year. Most often, tuition doesn't… Continue Reading >>

A Chill in the Classroom

Wall Street Journal
December 3, 2004 by Review & Outlook |
Most Journal readers over a certain age can remember going all the way through college without politics intruding in the classroom. Until the Vietnam War, for instance, few students knew their professors'… Continue Reading >>

A left-wing monopoly on campuses

Boston Globe
December 2, 2004 by Jeff Jacoby |
The left-wing takeover of American universities is an old story. In 1951, William F. Buckley Jr. created a sensation with "God and Man at Yale," which documented the socialist and atheist worldview that even… Continue Reading >>

Political Pressure in the Classroom

Fox News
December 1, 2004 by Brit Hume |
Forty-nine percent of students at the nation's top universities say their professors subject them to political commentary in class, even when teaching. What's more, 29 percent say they feel pressure… Continue Reading >>

Strings Attached: Givers and Colleges Clash on Spending

New York Times
November 27, 2004 by Greg Winter and Jonathan Cheng |
Ever since he sued the University of Southern California for fraud four years ago, accusing it of misusing his $1.6 million gift for biological research on aging and then lying about it, Paul F. Glenn has put… Continue Reading >>

Lost Curriculum

Daily Policy Digest
August 10, 2004 by National Center for Policy Analysis |
Many college students graduate without taking core classes in subjects like literature, economics and American history, according to a study from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). ACTA surveyed… Continue Reading >>

Aeschylus or Swahili? The changing notions of what students need to know

Village Voice
August 3, 2004 by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow |
For today's undergrads, freshman year's first reading assignment—the course catalog—can be its most overwhelming. These doorstops often contain upwards of 2,000 classes, in departments from… Continue Reading >>

Not yet forgotten, the “greatest generation” finally set in stone

Christian Science Monitor
May 27, 2004 by Gail Russell Chaddock |
Although World War II was the defining event of the 20th century, not many younger visitors to Washington's newest monument, to be dedicated this weekend, can identify the names on the marble, such as Anzio,… Continue Reading >>

Learning the Value of Liberal Arts

Washington Post
May 18, 2004 by Jay Mathews |
I am upset that my daughter won't take an economics course, and that her college won't make her do so. You will be surprised how few of our nation's finest colleges–I have a list of 50 in… Continue Reading >>

Liberal to the Core

Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2004 by Review & Outlook |
If only Harvard were more liberal. No, that's no misprint. We mean "liberal" as in "liberal arts." Recently the university initiated a review of its curriculum by asking itself what it will mean "to be… Continue Reading >>
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