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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.


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Stress Culture: A Vicious Cycle

July 18, 2019 by Ariana Roberts |
University students accept the idea of “stress culture” as an unchangeable aspect of college life. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes “stress culture” as “crushing… Continue Reading >>

The Role of Liberal Arts Education in a Democracy

July 17, 2019 by Joseph Schoffstall |
A democracy is a system of government that grants citizens political power to choose their own representatives. Each citizen, when legally eligible, can freely participate in government through elections, choosing… Continue Reading >>

Madelyn Ross: The State of Academic Freedom in China

July 16, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Madelyn Ross is the Associate Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Executive Director of SAIS China, which includes the Hopkins-Nanjing Center… Continue Reading >>

If You Give an Administrator an Assistant: How Growing Administrative Staffs are Increasing College Costs

July 15, 2019 by Shannon McWaters |
It’s no secret that American college tuition, in both the public and private sector, has skyrocketed in recent years. Inflation adjusted cost of attendance has gone from, on average, $52,982 for a four-year… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Eskandarian Speaks at CFA Society Panel

July 5, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Ali Eskandarian, Executive Director of ACTA’s Fund for Academic Renewal, spoke at the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Society’s Philadelphia conference to discuss higher education financing… Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Pidluzny: College Graduates Must Understand U.S. History

July 3, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny is the Director of Academic Affairs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. Pidluzny taught political science at Morehead State University, specializing… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Response to “Stop Feeding College Bureaucratic Bloat” (WSJ 6/3)

June 12, 2019 by Armand Alacbay |
Philip Hamburger (“Stop Feeding College Bureaucratic Bloat” 6/3/19) aptly notes that a college bureaucracy doubling in number compared to faculty “has shifted the balance of power towards… Continue Reading >>

Academic Freedom Hangs On by a Thread at Williams College

June 3, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Williams College—where the 75th percentile SAT score is a staggering 1570 and the federally estimated total expense for attendance is an equally staggering $73,200—has made a mockery of higher education.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Friends Receive Recognition from Heterodox Academy

May 30, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Heterodox Academy—a collaborative of academics who are committed to open inquiry and intellectual diversity—recently announced its 2019 “Open Inquiry Award Winners,” which recognizes… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Knowledge: American Government

May 22, 2019 by Elliott Cole |
How much do you know about our system of government? Take this quick civics quiz to find out! It takes only 2 minutes, is completely anonymous, and doesn't require your email address or other… Continue Reading >>

Boosting a Culture of Free Expression in Michigan

May 21, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
On May 16, Armand Alacbay—ACTA’s Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs—testified in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in support of House Bills 4435 and 4436. This… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on the Road: Colorado

May 16, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
On May 7, ACTA ventured to Colorado Springs to discuss campus free speech and intellectual diversity with more than 100 friends, supporters, and donors. Hosted by Joseph Woodford and the Bastiat Society, the… Continue Reading >>

Fortifying Our Civic Infrastructure

May 10, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
With the swish of a pen, education is on the national infrastructure agenda. In a letter to President Trump outlining priorities for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck… Continue Reading >>

Philanthropist’s Corner: Establishing the Pizzagalli Chair of Free Enterprise at University of Vermont

April 22, 2019 by Ali Eskandarian |
Angelo Pizzagalli is a Vermont based business leader and proud supporter of the University of Vermont. In 2017, he contacted ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal to help craft a gift to the University of Vermont… Continue Reading >>

What’s Hot in Higher Ed 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 by Erik Gross |
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Abandons Controversial Plan to Cut Liberal Arts Majors This fall, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point became an exemplar of the ongoing decline of liberal… Continue Reading >>
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ACTA's take on:

News Roundup

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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