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September 6, 2005 by ACTA|
In 2004, ACTA released a report on the disingenuousness of American higher education's claims to provide a strong, broad educational grounding for all students. Entitled The Hollow Core: The Failure of… Continue Reading >>

NCAA Faces More Appeals

September 2, 2005 by ACTA|
The NCAA's attempt to pressure schools to abandon Native American team nicknames and mascots has run into another wrinkle: The University of North Dakota, whose "Fighting Sioux" moniker earned it a position… Continue Reading >>

The Year in Campus Activism

August 30, 2005 by ACTA|
Mother Jones magazine has released its top ten episodes of campus activism during the past year. There are some good picks on the list--Princeton students received top honors for "Protest of the Year" with… Continue Reading >>

Thinking Harder About Bias in Academe

August 26, 2005 by ACTA|
Every few months someone issues a new study indicating how politically one-sided American professors are. Last year, ACTA issued a report of its own. Every few months, too, liberal academics who are happy with… Continue Reading >>

NCAA Backs Down

August 24, 2005 by ACTA|
The NCAA has agreed to allow the Florida State Seminoles to compete in post-season tournaments, despite its August 5 ruling that teams with "hostile" and "abusive" Native American names, mascots, and imagery… Continue Reading >>

Churchill Jury Is Out

August 22, 2005 by ACTA|
The Denver Post reports that the University of Colorado's initial investigation of ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill has been completed. A committee spent the summer reviewing several charges of professional… Continue Reading >>

Hamilton Election Results

August 18, 2005 by ACTA|
The results are in, and the four dark horse alumni candidates for Hamilton College's Board of Trustees have all been defeated. The election was hotly contested, as the procedural rules governing candidates'… Continue Reading >>

Illinois Trustee Stands Pp to NCAA

August 17, 2005 by ACTA|
Controversy continues to rage about the NCAA's recent decision to ban Native American nicknames, mascots, and images from its championship events. Florida State is determined to keep its "Seminoles" nickname… Continue Reading >>

Multiculturalism Meets Hostile Environment

August 11, 2005 by ACTA|
Virginia Tech presently faces a fascinating dilemma. Having contracted with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia to deliver a six-week-long development seminar to 60 Saudi faculty members, Virginia Tech… Continue Reading >>

Changing of the Guard

August 9, 2005 by ACTA|
As the fall term approaches, boards of trustees across the country are cleaning house. In Colorado, the Adams State College board of trustees has announced plans to fire its president, Richard Wueste, for being… Continue Reading >>

Academic Freedom for Me, but Not for Thee?

August 8, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for Cliopatria, KC Johnson reports on the latest chapter in Brooklyn College's ongoing difficulties comprehending the concept of free inquiry. Johnson, whose tenure case was nearly derailed by the… Continue Reading >>

What Doesn’t Kill a University ...

August 5, 2005 by ACTA|
... makes it stronger. Or that's what the University of Colorado at Boulder would have the public believe. Boulder's interim president, Hank Brown, announced Tuesday that the university is entering… Continue Reading >>

ACE’s Non-Statement

August 3, 2005 by ACTA|
At, ACTA president Anne D. Neal parses the Statement on Academic Rights and Responsibilities recently issued by a coalition of education associations, among them the American Association… Continue Reading >>

The Personal Is the Political—and then Some

August 1, 2005 by ACTA|
Nathaniel Nelson, a political science major at the University of Rhode Island, describes his disturbing experience in a course called "Political Philosophy: Plato to Machiavelli." Required for the major, the… Continue Reading >>

The Only Bad Press is No Press?

July 28, 2005 by ACTA|
Hamilton College has not had a good year, publicity-wise. First, there was the job offer to Susan Rosenberg, the ex-Weather Underground activist who spent sixteen years in jail for weapons possession and was… Continue Reading >>
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