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The Protection of the Liberal Arts Begins with America’s Colleges and Universities

June 8, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
The liberal arts are declining, but this is not the fault of students. Last week, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Historical Knowledge: D-Day

June 5, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Today, we honor the 74th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in world history. In 2014, ACTA commissioned a GfK survey to test the historical knowledge of the American public, with some concerning results.… Continue Reading >>

House Committee Holds Joint Hearing on Freedom of Speech in Higher Education

May 25, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |
It seems nearly every week there are new reports of the silencing of diverse viewpoints on American college and university campuses. Protests that result in a de facto “heckler’s veto” effectively… Continue Reading >>

Boilermakers Aren’t Made for Tribes

May 23, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
This is an excerpt from Purdue President Mitch E. Daniels, Jr's 2018 Commencement Address: I look forward all year to this moment, and this view. No sight all year comes close. All these excited, beaming… Continue Reading >>

The Blind Leading the Sighted

May 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
I first met Henry “Hoby” Wedler in 2011 when he was an undergraduate at the University of California-Davis. At that time, he was double majoring in chemistry and United States history, earning degrees… Continue Reading >>

Student Perspective: Higher Ed is Full of Opportunity

May 8, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Marissa Williams interned for ACTA in the Summer of 2017 and recently graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio. I spoke with her over the phone to discuss her experience and perspective on a four-day… Continue Reading >>

History of Hamilton: Will Higher Ed Embrace the Phenomenon?

May 7, 2018 by Megan Riethmiller |
Alexander Hamilton, one of the forgotten Founding Fathers, has risen to fame since 2015 thanks to Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton. The Broadway musical is “changing the game” through its unique… Continue Reading >>

Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech: The Heritage of Western Civilization

May 4, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
ACTA President Michael Poliakoff presented his lecture at Ashland University's Ashbrook Center on April 24, 2018. Continue Reading >>

A Destructive Double Standard for Free Speech at Knox

May 3, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
Last November, the theater department of Knox College canceled a play by Bertolt Brecht, following student complaints about the production’s stereotypical depiction of Asians. It was, of course, deeply… Continue Reading >>

First-Generation Students: Challenges and Innovation

April 18, 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>
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