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This Week in Higher Ed 11/2

November 2, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Repercussions Continue for the University of Maryland–College Park Since the tragic death of Jordan McNair, an offensive tackle for the University of Maryland–College Park, calls for greater accountability… Continue Reading >>

The Defense of Foreign Language Requirements

October 31, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
American colleges and universities play a significant role in creating global citizens. One of best ways for students to engage as global citizens is to learn a foreign language. This month, faculty from the… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Protecting Freedom and Safeguarding Value in Higher Education

October 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole and Nathaniel Urban |
Over the last year, higher education has continued to garner national attention. Controversial speakers, college closures, exorbitant tuition costs, athletics scandals, and lack of career preparation have all… Continue Reading >>

Freedom of Speech on Campus: It’s Necessary for the Liberal Learning Curriculum

October 17, 2018 by Moriah Poliakoff and Rachel Wagner |
This opinion featured in Volume 50, Issue 5 of The Captains Log, the student newspaper at Christopher Newport University (CNU). What do the University of Chicago, Purdue University, the University of Nebraska,… Continue Reading >>

Accreditation on the Edge: A Panel Discussion on America’s Broken Accreditation System

October 10, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |
Recently, ACTA hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of higher education accreditation with a group of experts from a range of different perspectives. The event was loosely based on… Continue Reading >>

The Benefits of Out-of-State Education—and the Growing Costs

October 1, 2018 by Caitlin Patrick |
When it came time to begin my “college search,” I found myself in a fortunate position. I wasn’t restricted to solely in-state options, though my parents encouraged me to consider them in… Continue Reading >>

Computer Science in a Liberal Arts Education

September 28, 2018 by Amo Manuel |
I never considered myself much of a math or science scholar during high school. The symbolic language of math never quite cemented in my mind, and while I appreciated science in the abstract, I didn’t… Continue Reading >>

Examining the Value of Literature

September 19, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Literature is one of the greatest teachers for the present day. Through the study of literary works, we are exposed to complex ideas and are invited to examine their success or failure, regardless of whether… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Roger Beckett

September 17, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
ACTA mourns the passing of Roger Beckett, 44, who served as the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University since 2013. Mr. Beckett joined Ashbrook’s staff in 1997 and was pivotal… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Senator John McCain

September 4, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
On September 2, 2018, Senator John McCain was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. Patriot, warrior, legislator, leader, husband, and father, John McCain modeled for America and the world standards… Continue Reading >>

Launching Civil Debates on Campus: Austin Ramsey and Better Angels

August 22, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
Soft-spoken and passionate, Austin Ramsey is a sophomore at East Tennessee State University, majoring in information systems with a minor in business management. He is also active in the ROAN Scholars Leadership.… Continue Reading >>

Interview: David Blankenhorn, Founder of Better Angels

August 13, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
Since the 2016 election, researchers have been sounding alarms that public rancor and polarization across the nation have reached a level of intensity not seen since the Civil War. As the Washington Post reported… Continue Reading >>

Student Perspective: Amo Manuel

August 10, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Amo Manuel is a senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in history with a minor in computer science. He was a summer intern on ACTA's What Will They Learn?® initiative. Continue Reading >>

Strengthening the History Major at Kenyon College

August 3, 2018 by Erik Gross |
College administrators are often torn between requiring a core curriculum, and allowing students to immediately begin specializing their studies. While an entirely set curriculum for a major discourages creativity… Continue Reading >>

Restoring Civility to Our National Discourse

July 25, 2018 by Ryan Ansloan |
Political civility “is about disagreeing without disrespect” and “seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences,” according to the Institute for Civility in… Continue Reading >>
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