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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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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 >>

Land of Opportunity

September 19, 2017 by Brianna Suggs |
From 1947–1995, “Land of Opportunity” was the official motto of the great State of Arkansas, before it was changed to “The Natural State.” Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Do Safe Spaces Impede Civic Discourse?

August 16, 2017 by Marissa Williams |
One of the oldest and most sacrosanct ideas in academia is that the clash and interaction of ideas leads to a better and more complete understanding of the truth. Historically, American higher education prided… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Dead Languages: Is Higher Education Ignoring Foreign Language Requirements?

August 14, 2017 by Devon Landis |
Fewer and fewer colleges are requiring a full liberal arts core curriculum as part of their general education requirements. Still, many students are required to take writing, literature, and history classes… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Military Colleges Make the Grade on General Education

August 10, 2017 by Adam Niehoff |
American military colleges produce disciplined leaders that are prepared for national service in one of the four American service branches. Often these institutions are extremely selective and require letters… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: The Timeless Value of the Great Books

August 8, 2017 by Nathaniel Urban |
Plato, Aristotle, Tocqueville, Milton, Hobbes, and Dante. Are these texts—today considered the Great Books of Western Civilization—still relevant for 21st Century needs? For students who discover… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Do Weak Standards Come at a High Price?

August 3, 2017 by Jessika Dziechciowska |
Research shows that the cost of tuition has been steadily increasing since 1991. The rate of increase accelerated greatly after the year 2000 and continued to increase through 2015. Nonetheless, even these… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Emphasizing Intellectual Diversity

August 1, 2017 by Sarah Byrd |
If recent events are any indication, the lack of free speech on college and university campuses is a crisis of the first order. Students wish to insulate themselves within their own social and ideological circles,… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Silicon Valley Titans Prove the Value of the Liberal Arts

July 31, 2017 by Joey Barretta |
Often, it is assumed that the liberal arts and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are at odds. The liberal arts are increasingly viewed as outmoded. Professors often prioritize… Continue Reading >>

Calculating and Cutting Costs: A Q&A on ACTA’s Project on Administrative Costs

July 26, 2017 by ACTA|
Since “The Great Recession,” both public and private colleges have been feeling a financial squeeze. Consequently, reformers are asking important questions about improving efficiency and fiscal… Continue Reading >>
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Online and Hybrid Courses Can Tackle Rising College Costs

The Hechinger Report, Loni Bordoloi Pazich

Student Loan Debt Stands at $1.4 Trillion

Wall Street Journal, Josh Mitchell

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