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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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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 >>

When it comes to its free speech hypocrisy, Penn doesn’t get it… or doesn’t care.

December 16, 2019 by Samantha Harris |
This piece was originally written for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which the foundation has graciously allowed ACTA to republish. Continue Reading >>

ACTA President Discusses Recent Forbes Piece

December 4, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
ACTA President Michael Poliakoff wrote an op-ed in Forbes titled "Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?" which commented on the erosion of reasoned discourse at the elite liberal arts college.… Continue Reading >>

Solving the Adaptive Challenge of Student Loans in the US

November 22, 2019 by Luke Yang |
Unlike many other developed countries, American higher education is mainly financed by students and families. The latest statistics show that 44.7 million Americans have already borrowed a total of $1.56 trillion… Continue Reading >>

American Culture and Ideas Initiative Promotes High Culture at University of Arizona

November 6, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Daniel Asia is the Founder of the American Culture and Ideas Initiative (ACII) and Professor of Music at the Fred Fox School of Music at University of Arizona. The ACII is one of ACTA's Oases… Continue Reading >>

Smith Center at Xavier University Introduces Business Students to the Liberal Arts

October 28, 2019 by Erik Gross |
R. Stafford Johnson is Director of the Stephen S. Smith Center and Professor of Finance at the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. The Smith Center is one of ACTA's Oases of Excellence,… Continue Reading >>

Faculty Leaders Meet at Fall Oases of Excellence Conference

October 15, 2019 by Rebecca Richards |
In late September, distinguished faculty from across the country gathered together in Orem, Utah, at Utah Valley University for the fall 2019 Oases of Excellence conference. The 68 programs designated… Continue Reading >>

The Impoverishment of the American College Student: A Scathing Indictment of the College Affordability Crisis

September 24, 2019 by Erik Gross |
In The Impoverishment of the American College Student, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics emeritus and president emeritus of Old Dominion University James V. Koch pulls no punches in his detailed, panoramic… Continue Reading >>

Michael Poliakoff on Literature as a Foundational Study

August 27, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Michael Poliakoff is the president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Ahead of the publication of ACTA's annual What Will They Learn? report in September, Dr. Poliakoff sat down with communications… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: David Koch

August 23, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
David Koch, co-owner of Koch Industries, powerful philanthropist, and libertarian advocate, died this week at the age of 79 following a struggle with cancer. David Koch was a passionate supporter of higher… Continue Reading >>

Ali Eskandarian: Scientists Need a Liberal Education

August 20, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Eskandarian is the Executive Director of the Fund for Academic Renewal at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. Eskandarian was a professor at George Washington… Continue Reading >>

William Luther on Economics and the Liberal Arts

August 14, 2019 by Erik Gross |
William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, director of the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar… Continue Reading >>

Bridging the Achievement Gap for Minority Students at Predominately White Institutions

August 13, 2019 by Jayda Rogers |
Studies have found that minority college students experience “higher college dropout rates, lower levels of academic preparation in high school, lower socioeconomic status, and greater alienation or isolation… Continue Reading >>

A Conversation with Jonathan Zimmerman: Evangelizing Liberal Education

August 8, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of history of education at University of Pennsylvania, and a committed advocate of open inquiry and liberal education. With a little over a month until the publication of ACTA's… Continue Reading >>

Response to “Great Books for a Brainwashing” (WSJ 7/28)

August 7, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Andy Kessler’s op-ed, “Great Books for a Brainwashing” (July 28), is a sobering reminder of the damage that fair-sounding summer reading initiatives have been doing now for some years, by… Continue Reading >>
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Opinion: Great Books for a Brainwashing

The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler 

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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