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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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In Memoriam: John Roderick Wilson

April 27, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

ACTA mourns the loss of John Roderick Wilson, a dear ACTA friend and supporter for the past 15 years.

Mr. Wilson had three careers, each highly successful, which reflected his patriotism and vibrant...

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MissionU vs. BloatedU: How the Liberal Arts Can Compete by Getting Lean, Smart and Effective

April 20, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

EdSurge, a leading news outlet that covers education technology and innovation, is out with a new podcast debating the emergence of MissionU, a new workforce-oriented alternative to college, which...

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ACTA Leaders Join Drs. Robert George and Cornel West in Defending Free Expression

April 7, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

When Middlebury College greeted Charles Murray, a prominent political scientist and the American Enterprise Institute’s W.H. Brady Scholar, with disruptive and violent protests, the event shook American...

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Preventing the Next Middlebury

March 21, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Threats to free speech have been all over the news in the world of higher education. Disinvitations, no-platforming and shouting down speakers have become all too frequent, a tragic “new normal” at too...

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American History Gets the Shaft at Top Universities Like Duke

March 20, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

The Triangle can boast of being home to three top-ranked research universities—but as area residents can attest, all the prestige can create a campus bubble and unhealthy level of self-regard. A recent...

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Disrupting the Boardroom? A Plea for Engaged Trusteeship in Turbulent Times

March 17, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Should college trustees be more than just wealthy donors? According to two experts, the answer is a no-brainer. University Ventures Co-Founder and Managing Director Ryan Craig and Willamette University...

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Yale, Calhoun College, and Historical Amnesia

February 17, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Just last week, Yale University announced that it would rename Calhoun College, reversing an April 2016 decision to retain the residential college’s name, which honors the Antebellum South’s foremost...

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In Memoriam: Michael Novak, 1933–2017

February 17, 2017 by Ken Kolson |

ACTA mourns the loss of Michael Novak, a renowned Catholic philosopher and diplomat, as well as a beloved teacher and family man. A graduate of Stonehill College, the Pontifical Gregorian University in...

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Chaos on UC Campuses: Chancellors Hexter and Dirks Show Principled Courage

February 6, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Chaos ensued at UC Berkeley this week, following a planned speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of rescinding the invitation, UC-Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks used Yiannapoulos’s...

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ACTA Congratulates Rep. Virginia Foxx

December 12, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) congratulates Representative Virginia Foxx on being named chair of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

ACTA previously worked with...

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Quick Take: Hidden College Fees, Hidden College Bloat

December 1, 2016 by Armand Alacbay & Dani Jack |

In “Those Hidden College Fees,” Rochelle Sharpe correctly observes that the underlying reasons for the rising costs of college are not immediately clear to students and families, since institutions can...

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Quick Takes: Failing Humanities Programs Have Themselves to Blame

October 11, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

If students who major in humanities disciplines tend to have good job prospects (“When parents won’t let their kids study literature” August 4), why are do many parents object to majors in English,...

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In Memoriam: James T. Neal, 1921–2016

October 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

At a time when freedom of the press has been challenged by a disquietingly large number of college students, ACTA pays tribute to the memory of a principled and unwavering defender of this core freedom.

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Quick Take: First Improve University Management

September 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

In Charles Pruitt’s “Partisan politics is undermining the ‘Public Ivies,’” he blames declining state funding for the cycle of rising tuition and diminished resources afflicting state flagship...

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Intern Blog: Want Heightened Sensitivity on College Campuses? Reintroduce a Core Curriculum

August 26, 2016 by Nayeli Riano |

In recent years, college campuses have been riven by controversies: literature purges, campus uprisings, “Freedom Budgets,” and more. Increasingly, administrators have turned to sensitivity training as a...

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