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.

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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.

The New Campus Deplorables

October 28, 2019 by Richard Vedder |
Today’s colleges seem to be dominated by identify politics and progressive calls for more “diversity” and heightened attention to sustainability efforts. Surveys show that the already strong… Continue Reading >>

How Historically Black Colleges And Universities Set A Better Example

October 25, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
A leading higher education trade journal, Inside Higher Ed, recently profiled Claflin University, one of eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in South Carolina. Under the leadership of… Continue Reading >>

A Traditional Catholic College in the Second-Least Religious State

National Review
October 14, 2019 by William Z. Nardi |
National Review, October 9, 2019 -- “Though the lot of church-related colleges is hard nowadays,” Russell Kirk wrote in National Review in 1971, “one promising new liberal-arts college… Continue Reading >>

What we don’t know about American civics, hurts U.S.

Times Union
October 11, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
There is a crisis of civic education in America today. For the last 20 years, study after study has shown that most Americans lack a basic understanding of the country's history and political institutions.… Continue Reading >>

Survey finds college graduates struggle with basic civic literacy

The College Fix
October 10, 2019 by Jessica Resuta |
A recent national survey shows a lack of basic knowledge of U.S. history and civics among Americans, with a number of respondents not knowing the current Supreme Court Chief Justice, or thinking Alexandria… Continue Reading >>

CU leadership program, revamped, earns praise

Daily Camera
October 4, 2019 by Katie Langford |
Walking into a University of Colorado Boulder engineering class these days is a toss up — are you going to hear a lecture about complex math equations and scientific theories or find students in a circle… Continue Reading >>

UCF’s lazy river: Perk for athletes and fans, or ‘unadulterated waste’ of money?

Orlando Sentinel
October 4, 2019 by Annie Martin |
A planned lazy river intended for use by UCF student-athletes and deep-pocketed fans is the product of a “wrong-headed” race by universities to build extravagant facilities to gain prestige and… Continue Reading >>

The Incredible Shrinking Semester: Paying More And Getting Less

September 30, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Students were elated when the University of Wisconsin announced in 2017 that it was going to reduce the spring semester by four to five days, extending the winter break to January 23. Who can blame them for… Continue Reading >>

Do not take general education for granted

Washington Examiner
September 30, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
College graduates still learn more than high school graduates over the course of their careers. But a recent PayScale survey found that managers increasingly say recent grads lack basic writing, speaking, and… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Publication Indicates Colleges Fail To Prepare Students

September 16, 2019 by Danielle Wirsansky |
Students are often told that they must go to college. They are told that higher education is the key to their future and that they will not be able to make it very far without it. However, studies show many… Continue Reading >>

Free Speech Laws Mushroom in Wake of Campus Protests

Inside Higher Ed
September 16, 2019 by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf |
Free speech advocates were enraged when Middlebury College students in 2017 drowned out a planned talk by the author Charles Murray, whose writings many consider racist. The students'… Continue Reading >>

Global poll: The world feels left out of the ‘normal order of life’

The Washington Times
September 11, 2019 by Jennifer Harper |
On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nations of the world appear to be turning to personal concerns within their own borders according to a massive new Ipsos global poll. “A… Continue Reading >>

Cal State Must Ignore Teen Talk Barbie And Require More Math

September 11, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
In 1992, when Teen Talk Barbie told young girls, “Math class is tough!,” the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the American Association of University Women had no empathy for… Continue Reading >>

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans believe AOC created the New Deal

Crain's New York Business
September 10, 2019 by Will Bredderman |
They're only off by one word—and 86 years. A new poll by a higher education advocacy group found that 18% of American adults believe Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was behind the New… Continue Reading >>

Is Majoring in English Worth It?

Wall Street Journal
September 10, 2019 by William McGurn |
The summer holidays have finally ended, and across America college students are returning to campus. But not before someone—most likely mom or dad—has written a hefty tuition check. If you’re… Continue Reading >>
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Five Dystopian Novels for Quarantine

April 3, 2020 by Nathaniel Urban

COVID-19 and Higher Education: A Reading List

April 1, 2020 by Erik Gross