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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Keith Whittington: College Trustees Must Defend Free Speech

January 23, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Keith Whittington, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and author of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, sat down with us to discuss how college trustees should understand academic… Continue Reading >>

What’s Hot in Higher Ed - 1/18/19

January 18, 2019 by Erik Gross |
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Chancellor Steps Down The Silent Sam controversy at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (UNC) reached a new climax this week when UNC chancellor Carol… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Regent University

January 8, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
Regent University is located along the southern East Coast of the United States. Historic Jamestown and Yorktown are less than two hours from its main campus, offering students the opportunity to explore two… Continue Reading >>

A Year in Review: ACTA’s 2018 Accomplishments

January 7, 2019 by Erik Gross |
To date, 54 institutions or university systems have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression. Roughly half of the schools that have adopted the statement have done so at ACTA’s urging.… Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Zimmerman: Embracing the Preservation and Exploration of the Past

December 22, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education at University of Pennsylvania, sat down with ACTA's Erik Gross to probe the Silent Sam controversy at the University of North Carolina –… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 12/14

December 14, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Temple University Decides Not to Discipline Professor Marc Lamont Hill In a talk before the United Nations, Marc Lamont Hill, professor of media studies at Temple University, spoke in favor of Palestinian rights,… Continue Reading >>

Liberal Education and the Examined Life

December 10, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion at American University’s School of Public Affairs titled “The Importance of a Liberal Education.” The panel included Cornel… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 12/7

December 7, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Trustees Shirk Commitment to Academic Freedom In an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Keith Whittington, professor of politics at Princeton University, discusses how college trustees need to rise… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Knowledge: American Government

December 6, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
How much do you know about our system of government? Take this quick civics quiz to find out! It takes only 2 minutes, is completely anonymous, and doesn't require your email address or other… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Florida State University

December 5, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Florida State University (FSU) is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. The university features over 110 facilities, institutes, and labs and offers over 360 programs… Continue Reading >>

Drew University Bets the House on New Degree Programs

December 5, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Drew University recently announced an unconventional approach to solving its budgetary woes. The University plans to expand program offerings, and then trim operational costs and faculty benefits. The University… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 11/30

November 30, 2018 by Erik Gross |
University of Maryland—College Park Still Under Review By Accreditor The University of Maryland’s (UMD) accreditation is under review following last month’s turmoil. The oversight agency responsible… Continue Reading >>

A Lesson in the Need for Transparency, Accountability, and Solidarity

November 28, 2018 by Erik Gross |
A faculty vote of no confidence against a college president is a common enough event; sometimes there is more pique than substance. But there are some significant issues at the University of the Pacific. Following… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Georgia Southern University

November 27, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Georgia Southern University is a public research university and the largest center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia. The university has a diverse student population that includes students… Continue Reading >>

University of Minnesota Presidential Search Lacks Transparency, Creativity

November 16, 2018 by Erik Gross |
The University of Minnesota’s ongoing search for a new president has been the subject of media scrutiny ranging from concerns about transparency, its reliance on a search firm and a search committee that… Continue Reading >>
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The Consequences of the Government Shutdown for Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson 

College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

College Trustees Must Protect Free Speech

Chronicle of Higher Education, Keith E. Whittington

Donations Keep Iowa Wesleyan Afloat

Education Dive, Natalie Schwartz

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