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.

The Vanishing Shakespeare

April 2007 by ACTA

ACTA probes the extent to which today's English majors are required to take courses on Shakespeare's work. While at one point such requirements were common, this report reveals that today they are not. Of the 70 colleges researched by ACTA--private and public, large and small, from the Washington, D.C. area and on to the rest of the country—only 15 require their English majors to take a course on the Bard. ACTA also points out that as Shakespeare becomes merely an option for the English teachers of tomorrow, offerings in such areas as critical theory, "body studies," and popular culture are proliferating. The report concludes with a description of what concerned administrators, trustees, alumni, parents, and students can do to provoke change. The release of the report coincided with a a six-month celebration of Shakespeare in the nation's capital. It updates and complements ACTA's 1996 report The Shakespeare File.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

As this report goes to press, our nation’s capital is in the midst of a six-month, city-wide celebration of William Shakespeare. With this celebration as a backdrop, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni researched how Shakespeare fits into English curricula at 70 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. What we found is, to quote the Bard, “the unkindest cut of all.” Continue Reading>>

Press

I am dying, Egypt

The New Republic
May 2, 2007 by Robert Brustein |

A recent report isued by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni documents what we already know: Shakespeare is no longer valued in our educational system. Of course, the beleaguered bard has...

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Group: “Shakespeare, wherefore art thou?”

United Press International
April 24, 2007 by |

A U.S. academic group is bemoaning the many universities abandoning studies of William Shakespeare in favor of such things as "Baywatch."

Timed to coincide with the English writer's birthday in...

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Shakespeare is not to be at most colleges

USA Today
April 19, 2007 by Mary Beth Marklein |

They're calling it "the unkindest cut of all." As Shakespeare fans prepare to celebrate the Bard's 443rd birthday Monday, researchers for a non-profit group say fewer colleges appear to require...

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