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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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Civics, Clinics, and Activist Education

January 22, 2006 by ACTA|
Two important and complementary articles appear in the current issue of City Journal: Heather MacDonald's unrelenting analysis of the law school clinic, and Robert P. George's compelling argument for… Continue Reading >>

Transparencies

January 21, 2006 by ACTA|
There is transparency--and there is obfuscation dressed up to look like transparency. At the University of California, recent events provide an instructive opportunity to differentiate between the two. The… Continue Reading >>

Restructuring

January 16, 2006 by ACTA|
Indiana University and the University of Richmond will both be losing their presidents soon--and in each case, this is understood to be to the good. U of R president William Cooper will leave his post in June… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Testimony at PA Hearings

January 12, 2006 by ACTA|
Media reports of Tuesday's meeting of the Pennsylvania Select Committee on Academic Freedom in Higher Education made much of David Horowitz's self-discrediting testimony. But while the spectacle of… Continue Reading >>

ACTA President to Testify in Pennsylvania Hearing

January 10, 2006 by ACTA|
This morning, ACTA president Anne D. Neal will testify before the Pennsylvania Select Committee on Academic Freedom in Higher Education. Neal's testimony comes in the wake of ACTA's bruising December… Continue Reading >>

The Politics of American Seniors

January 8, 2006 by ACTA|
Hamilton College has completed its annual Hot Button Issues Poll, focussing this year on American high school seniors' attitudes toward homosexuality, gun control, and abortion. The results are interestingly… Continue Reading >>

Greenwood Guilty

January 3, 2006 by ACTA|
The University of California has determined that recently-resigned provost M.R.C. Greenwood did indeed violate university policy when she hired a friend and business contact. Though accused of also abusing… Continue Reading >>

Yet Another One for Margaret Spellings

January 2, 2006 by ACTA|
Writing for the Washington Post, Miami University president James C. Garland argues that education secretary Margaret Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education would do well to orient its… Continue Reading >>

By Contrast…

December 29, 2005 by ACTA|
If the Young America's Foundation list of 2005's twelve "most bizarre and politically correct courses" is a prime example of how not to expose problems in academe, FIRE's "speech code of the month"… Continue Reading >>

Quote of the Day

December 28, 2005 by ACTA|
Comes from Mark Schneider, commissioner of statistics at the National Center for Education Statistics. Commenting on the Center's recent findings regarding drastically declining literacy among American… Continue Reading >>

Evaluating the Curriculum

December 26, 2005 by ACTA|
Young America's Foundation has published its list of 2005's twelve "most bizarre and politically correct college courses." They are: 1. Princeton University's The Cultural Production of Early Modern… Continue Reading >>

More Scandal Fatigue

December 21, 2005 by ACTA|
DePaul University deserves to be on the list of universities whose bad administrative behavior has been a repeated source of embarrassment this year. Last spring, DePaul suspended adjunct professor Thomas Klocek… Continue Reading >>

Scandal Fatigue

December 19, 2005 by ACTA|
The title of this post comes from a Colorado Daily piece on the reputational trials and tribulations (Ward Churchill, athletic recruiting violations, "racially motivated" incidents, false accusations of date… Continue Reading >>

Another One for Margaret Spellings

December 16, 2005 by ACTA|
It's official: College students can't read. Worse, fewer can read today than could read a decade ago. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 25% of college graduates count as "proficient"… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Publishes Report on Intellectual Diversity

December 13, 2005 by ACTA|
In a report released yesterday, ACTA urges higher education trustees to take responsibility for ensuring that intellectual diversity is respected and protected on their campuses. Entitled Intellectual Diversity:… Continue Reading >>
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