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.

Colleges open new school year with same fear of free expression

The Hill
September 3, 2019 by Jeffrey M. McCall |
Common gumption would dictate that colleges and universities foster environments that promote “free and open inquiry in all matters,” and guarantee “the broadest possible latitude to speak,… Continue Reading >>

How Disruptive Innovation Makes Some Colleges Into Ants And Others Into Grasshoppers

Forbes
September 3, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
When Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen predicted that as many as half of American colleges could go bankrupt in the next 10 to 15 years, most of the leadership of American higher education… Continue Reading >>

The Syllabus: Bennett College’s part-time* president

Greensboro News and Record
August 23, 2019 by John Newsom |
An online publication called Diverse Issues in Higher Educationran a detailed story about Bennett College and its new president earlier this month. I thought it was a pretty thorough write-up of the rough… Continue Reading >>

Secret Searches and Faculty Fury

Inside Higher Ed
August 23, 2019 by Nick Hazelrigg |
In recent years one of the greatest points of contention between faculty members and their institutions’ governing boards has been over the board’s arguably most important function: the search for… Continue Reading >>

Miami Ohio’s smart spending, rigor and academic freedom position it to succeed

The Plain Dealer
August 22, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nestled in Oxford, Ohio, lies the “Ivy of the Midwest,” Miami University. As colleges across the United States reach an inflection point, with public confidence eroding and solutions… Continue Reading >>

Group appeals ruling to dismiss free speech suit against UT

Austin American-Statesman
August 21, 2019 by Lara Korte |
A nonprofit that sued the University of Texas for allegedly violating students’ rights to free speech is appealing a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit. Speech First Inc., a Washington… Continue Reading >>

Sending a message to the college: Major donors roar!

Christian Post
August 20, 2019 by Robert F. Davis |
Considering my experience, the amount of time and money invested in a project and the host institution brings sharper focus to financial and personal involvement in institutional activities.  Retired Chairman… Continue Reading >>

University of Texas anti-bias policies are intended to chill speech, groups tell appeals court

The College Fix
August 20, 2019 by Greg Piper |
Speech First launched the first public interest litigation project against campus bias response teams, and in retrospect it’s easy to see why it took so long. The membership association failed… Continue Reading >>

What Will They Learn at College?

The Times Examiner
August 20, 2019 by Walter Williams |
For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it's the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there's… Continue Reading >>

Why the Campus Building Boom May Turn Out to Be a Bust

Forbes
August 19, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
In 2015, colleges and universities in the U.S. spent a record $11.5 billion on construction for 21 million square feet of new space. A Boston architect soberly calculated: "The space per student has in… Continue Reading >>

Two recommendations for savvier higher education giving

Philanthropy Daily
August 19, 2019 by Emily Koons Jae |
As Martin Wooster and Iain Bernhoft have discussed in Philanthropy Daily, Hillsdale College and the University of Missouri (MU) are in the middle of a lawsuit over the use of a $5 million… Continue Reading >>

A Deadlocked Board

Inside Higher Ed
August 7, 2019 by Nick Hazelrigg |
When four members of the eight-member Wayne State University Board of Governors sued the other four at the end of June, many outsiders looked on with concern for the institution’s ability to… Continue Reading >>

We must tackle college affordability to stave off the death of the liberal arts

The Washington Examiner
August 5, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Higher education is dying a death by a thousand cuts. The biggest victim? A robust liberal arts curriculum, long the centerpiece of collegiate education. The ongoing erosion of general education requirements… Continue Reading >>

Teacher Fired For Praising The West As Bringing ‘The Greatest Good to the Most’ People

The Federalist
August 5, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
Karen Siegemund, a math teacher at a private school in southern California, lost her jobin May for defending Western civilization. Although she attempted to avoid triggering delicate sensibilities in class… Continue Reading >>

Resist the Throttling of Religious Colleges

Philanthropy Magazine
August 2, 2019 by Adam Kissel |
Gordon College is an evangelical liberal-arts school whose mission is to “integrate Christian beliefs and practice into all aspects of our educational experience.” It is one of America’s 1,024… Continue Reading >>
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