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In Memoriam: Robert H. Malott

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
ACTA is saddened by the recent passing of Robert H. “Bob” Malott, a renowned businessman, committed public servant, and dedicated philanthropist. Mr. Malott first attended the University of Kansas… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Eugene M. Grant

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
America lost a civic leader, generous philanthropist, and distinguished veteran with the passing of Eugene M. Grant. ACTA mourns the loss of a friend who devoted much of his life to philanthropic causes, including… Continue Reading >>

A Respectful Collision of Ideas

April 12, 2018 by Doug Sprei and Elliott Cole |
On April 5, the Steamboat Institute and the University of Maryland hosted a remarkable public dialogue between two charismatic luminaries who are far apart on the geopolitical spectrum: Nigel Farage, former… Continue Reading >>

First-Generation Students: Challenges and Innovation

April 5, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Higher education, once seen as the beacon of upward mobility, now faces tough questions surrounding its accessibility, affordability, and academic quality. Among the most heavily burdened are first-generation… Continue Reading >>

School’s Out on Friday?

March 23, 2018 by Karen Hyman |
Shortly after joining ACTA in the summer of 2017, I edited a blog about the University of Akron (UA) that left me feeling positively hopeful about that public research university. Having just moved to Washington,… Continue Reading >>

Expanding Curricular Excellence with “Great Books”: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Wysocki

March 13, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |
At a time when liberal arts education seems increasingly imperiled by the rise of career-focused and STEM programs, Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina has recently founded the Honors College,… Continue Reading >>

Alumni Take: My College Can Do Better on Free Speech

March 7, 2018 by Greta Wagley |
The University of Washington (UW), centered in the heart of Seattle and well-known as a liberal university, still has conservative students who hurry across its famous Red Square and meet together in Suzzallo… Continue Reading >>

The Road to Athletic Glory Crumbles at the Gates of the Ivory Tower

March 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|
The late winter ritual of filling in the NCAA March Madness Bracket is nearly upon us. The risk-takers will bet on the success of student athletes, and loyal alumni will cheer their teams on, hoping to make… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Dr. Roger W. Haskell

February 20, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff|
It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of one of ACTA’s dearest friends and supporters, Dr. Roger W. Haskell. A true servant of the people, Dr. Haskell had a long and distinguished career in the… Continue Reading >>

What University Trustees Should Learn from Michigan State

February 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|
Emotionally charged testimonies from over 150 women captured national attention this month as disgraced doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for criminal sexual assault. But as the… Continue Reading >>

One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
When you first meet Erez Binyamin, a lively outgoing computer engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, it’s hard to imagine he was once shy and introverted. We sat down with Erez… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Dr. Bruce Cole

January 11, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff|
The nation lost a great citizen and leader with the passing of The Honorable Bruce Cole, and ACTA mourns the loss of a friend and inspiring national leader. Dr. Cole was an internationally acclaimed art historian,… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Ideas that Work for 21st Century Higher Ed Reform

November 9, 2017 by Elliott Cole |
The national conversation concerning the state of free expression on college campuses, the health of America’s institutions of higher education, and the role of trustees and policymakers in charting… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Joseph Fulcher

October 16, 2017 by Karen Hyman |
It is with deep sadness that ACTA notes the passing of Joe Fulcher, a key leader at the Stuttering Foundation since 1984 and the husband of our board member Jane Fraser. Joe passed away on October 6, 2017.… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Betty Capaldi Phillips

September 27, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff|
It is with great sadness that ACTA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips. Her career as a professor, scholar, and university administrator was one of brilliant achievement. It took only moments in her… Continue Reading >>
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