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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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The Most “Educated” Generation?

May 30, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

As this year’s graduation season kicks off, the Millennial Generation is on track to become the most highly credentialed cohort in American history. The Pew Research Center recently found that the number...

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In Memoriam: Peter Augustine Lawler

May 23, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

ACTA mourns the sudden death of Peter Augustine Lawler, a true friend to the liberal arts. Dr. Lawler was a distinguished and prolific author and editor, and an outstanding teacher, public servant, and...

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Give like Beyoncé—Or Better!

May 19, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Beyoncé’s recently announced Formation Scholars program signals a new trend in philanthropy. Instead of just writing a check to a university, Queen Bey targeted specific universities and subjects and...

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How Campus Illiberalism Betrays the Fight for Progress

May 17, 2017 by Jane Lewit & Alexis Zhang |

Since its founding in 1870, generations of young women with inquiring minds have gone off to Wellesley College, coming of age through a rigorous liberal arts education, encompassing debate, discussion,...

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Q&A with Heterodox Academy: A New Champion for Viewpoint Diversity

May 15, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

 What does the science of social psychology have to tell us about the current challenges and threats to free speech? A great deal, according to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical...

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Disinvitation Season Springs Anew

May 12, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

In addition to the blooming flowers and May showers of spring, university commencements also break upon the horizon. For new graduates, commencement day is the culmination of years of work and an...

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Free Tuition Won’t Cure What Ails Higher Education

May 10, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

So Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free” college tuition plan—the Excelsior Scholarship—is now reality. While the fanfare has died down, New Yorkers and policy watchers across the country are trying to discern how...

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Kenyon Takes a Stand on Free Expression

May 9, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Campus free speech has become a firestorm issue as college alumni see headline after headline about students shouting down speakers, faculty and student groups demanding that lecturers be disinvited, and...

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Blueprints for Reform: A Q&A on ACTA’s New Guide on Cost, Efficiency and Innovation

May 5, 2017 by Kara Brounstein |

How can colleges do more with less? Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding College Opportunity, is ACTA’s newest guide for trustees, describing innovative...

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An Accreditation “Dear John” Letter: Two Top J-Schools Make a Big Move

May 3, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Is accreditation reform on the march? Possibly so. Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed is out with a story covering the fascinating news that two prestigious journalism programs, Northwestern University’s...

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In Memoriam: John Roderick Wilson

April 27, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

ACTA mourns the loss of John Roderick Wilson, a dear ACTA friend and supporter for the past 15 years.

Mr. Wilson had three careers, each highly successful, which reflected his patriotism and vibrant...

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MissionU vs. BloatedU: How the Liberal Arts Can Compete by Getting Lean, Smart and Effective

April 20, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

EdSurge, a leading news outlet that covers education technology and innovation, is out with a new podcast debating the emergence of MissionU, a new workforce-oriented alternative to college, which...

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ACTA Leaders Join Drs. Robert George and Cornel West in Defending Free Expression

April 7, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

When Middlebury College greeted Charles Murray, a prominent political scientist and the American Enterprise Institute’s W.H. Brady Scholar, with disruptive and violent protests, the event shook American...

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Preventing the Next Middlebury

March 21, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Threats to free speech have been all over the news in the world of higher education. Disinvitations, no-platforming and shouting down speakers have become all too frequent, a tragic “new normal” at too...

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American History Gets the Shaft at Top Universities Like Duke

March 20, 2017 by Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill |

The Triangle can boast of being home to three top-ranked research universities—but as area residents can attest, all the prestige can create a campus bubble and unhealthy level of self-regard. A recent...

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The Problem with Accreditation

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