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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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COVID-19 and Higher Education: A Reading List

April 1, 2020 by Erik Gross |
The spread of COVID-19 has upended much of daily life in America as individuals practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Higher education has been particularly affected, with virtually all… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Writes to Hardin-Simmons University Board of Trustees

March 31, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
On March 27, ACTA wrote to the Hardin-Simmons University Board of Trustees, urging them to rethink the University's decision to close its seminary and cut several degree programs in its college of liberal… Continue Reading >>

Online Education Cannot Replace the Collegiate Experience

March 31, 2020 by Nathaniel Urban and Alexandra Quillen |
COVID-19 is redefining higher education. In less than a month, thousands of colleges and universities shifted to online coursework, forcing faculty without experience or interest in e-teaching to learn new… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Kenneth Kolson

March 27, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
With the deepest sadness ACTA mourns the untimely death of our former colleague Dr. Kenneth Kolson on March 23, 2020. In 2016–17, he quite graciously came out of retirement after a long and distinguished… Continue Reading >>

South Carolina Will Make Civic Education a Priority

March 19, 2020 by Edwin Williamson and Nathaniel Urban |
The South Carolina General Assembly is now productively confronting a crisis in civic education, using its authority to get its public colleges and universities to take seriously their responsibility to better… Continue Reading >>

ASU students dive into civil debate and affirm freedom of expression on campus

March 9, 2020 by Doug Sprei, Director, Multimedia & Campus Partnerships |
Flashback - Phoenix, AZ, March 3:  A student-led debate about America's southern border wall, held in the evening at Arizona State University (ASU), filled every chair in the room. The event… Continue Reading >>

From the Bookshelf: Narrative Economics by Robert J. Shiller

February 28, 2020 by Erik Gross |
In Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral & Drive Major Economic Events, Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, engages in a quantitative analysis of how popular narratives… Continue Reading >>

Should Universities Be More Like Corporations?

February 25, 2020 by Erik Gross |
I attended an interesting event last week at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) with University of Virginia President James Ryan. Titled “Should universities be more like corporations?”, the… Continue Reading >>

The Definition of a Liberal Arts Education

February 12, 2020 by Nathaniel Urban |
The ancient Greeks identified seven subjects that made up a traditional liberal arts education, which they considered essential for a free person to study in order to participate in civic life and cultivate… Continue Reading >>

Experts Confront Campus Substance Use at #Everything2Gain

February 4, 2020 by Doug Sprei |
"All of us know often at firsthand of everything that is lost because of the web of alcohol and drug abuse on campus. Our purpose is to explore strategies that work to address the problem comprehensively."… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Clayton Christensen

January 29, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
Clayton Christensen, professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School who famously predicted that as many as half of American universities could go bankrupt, passed away on January 23 at… Continue Reading >>

Gertrude Himmelfarb on Higher Education’s Search for Relevance

January 14, 2020 by Rebecca Richards |
At the end of 2019, Gertrude Himmelfarb, renowned historian and public intellectual, passed away, though her scholarship and ideas continue to inform current understanding of difficult challenges facing… Continue Reading >>

Promoting Civic Engagement on Campus: A Conversation with Every Vote Counts

January 8, 2020 by Erik Gross |
Campbell Streator is Executive Director of Every Vote Counts, a student-led, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout. Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Gertrude Himmelfarb

January 3, 2020 by Michael Poliakoff |
On Monday, December 30, Gertrude Himmelfarb, renowned historian, public intellectual, and recipient of ACTA’s third Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, passed… Continue Reading >>

St. John’s College: Innovation in the Face of Crisis

December 16, 2019 by Rebecca Richards |
This piece was originally posted by ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR). Click here to check out their website.  Continue Reading >>
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Opinion: Great Books for a Brainwashing

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Has College Gotten Too Easy?

The Atlantic, Joe Pinkser 

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

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