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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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger |

Increasingly over the last few years, universities have seen a rapid change in how students regard free speech and inquiry. Growing political polarization throughout the country has minimized...

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A Future President’s History Lessons

July 4, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Study the past. These three simple words are etched in stone on a statue outside the National Archives building. On this Fourth of July, as Americans gather to celebrate with fireworks and barbecues, it...

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Keeping Track of Colleges—and Students

June 29, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Do students currently possess the tools they need to get good value for money out of their education? This question has produced a variety of creative efforts to evaluate the comparative strengths and...

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ACTA and the Fund for Academic Renewal Host Oases of Excellence Conference

June 13, 2017 by Alexis Zhang |

How do you promote open debate and inquiry in politically polarizing times and amid growing hostility to free expression? How can faculty promote liberal arts excellence and rigor in the face of academic...

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2017’s Top Stories for Higher Ed Reform…So Far

June 7, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Who sets the agenda for coverage of higher education issues in the news? Last week, ACTA had the opportunity to find out while attending the Education Writers Association 70th National Seminar at...

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Q&A with the President of the University of Chicago: Safeguarding Free Expression

June 5, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

As freedom of expression faces increasingly difficult challenges on college campuses, the University of Chicago has emerged as the leading voice in defense of free expression, intellectual diversity, and...

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The Most “Educated” Generation?

May 30, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

As this year’s graduation season kicks off, the Millennial Generation is on track to become the most highly credentialed cohort in American history. The Pew Research Center recently found that the number...

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In Memoriam: Peter Augustine Lawler

May 23, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

ACTA mourns the sudden death of Peter Augustine Lawler, a true friend to the liberal arts. Dr. Lawler was a distinguished and prolific author and editor, and an outstanding teacher, public servant, and...

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Give like Beyoncé—Or Better!

May 19, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Beyoncé’s recently announced Formation Scholars program signals a new trend in philanthropy. Instead of just writing a check to a university, Queen Bey targeted specific universities and subjects and...

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How Campus Illiberalism Betrays the Fight for Progress

May 17, 2017 by Jane Lewit & Alexis Zhang |

Since its founding in 1870, generations of young women with inquiring minds have gone off to Wellesley College, coming of age through a rigorous liberal arts education, encompassing debate, discussion,...

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Q&A with Heterodox Academy: A New Champion for Viewpoint Diversity

May 15, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

 What does the science of social psychology have to tell us about the current challenges and threats to free speech? A great deal, according to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical...

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Disinvitation Season Springs Anew

May 12, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

In addition to the blooming flowers and May showers of spring, university commencements also break upon the horizon. For new graduates, commencement day is the culmination of years of work and an...

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Free Tuition Won’t Cure What Ails Higher Education

May 10, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

So Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free” college tuition plan—the Excelsior Scholarship—is now reality. While the fanfare has died down, New Yorkers and policy watchers across the country are trying to discern how...

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Kenyon Takes a Stand on Free Expression

May 9, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Campus free speech has become a firestorm issue as college alumni see headline after headline about students shouting down speakers, faculty and student groups demanding that lecturers be disinvited, and...

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Blueprints for Reform: A Q&A on ACTA’s New Guide on Cost, Efficiency and Innovation

May 5, 2017 by Kara Brounstein |

How can colleges do more with less? Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding College Opportunity, is ACTA’s newest guide for trustees, describing innovative...

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News Roundup

A New Argument Against Speech Codes

Quillette, Geoffrey Miller

Return on Investment Data has Room to Grow

EducationDive, Autumn A. Arnett

History Repeats itself at Harvard

Chronicle of Higher Education, Ted Gup

Changing Public Perception of Higher Education

Washington Post, Jeffrey J. Selingo 

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