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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 >>

Informed Giving 101

July 25, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for City Journal, Heather MacDonald has put together a powerful and important piece on the trials and tribulations of alumni giving. Opening with a cautionary tale about Sidney R. Knafel, a corporate… Continue Reading >>

Colorado’s New Core Curriculum

July 24, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for the Rocky Mountain News, ACTA president Anne Neal praises Colorado's return to a more traditional concept of the college curriculum: Colorado's focus on a strong general education will give… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Speaks Out on Hamilton College Election

July 20, 2005 by ACTA|
The Chronicle of Higher Education is covering the Hamilton College trustee election fiasco reported here last week. Hamilton's election rules--which limit petition candidates to 100-word statements on the… Continue Reading >>

Churchill Ad Infinitum

July 20, 2005 by ACTA|
Ward Churchill defends himself at length in an interview with CounterPunch. Responding with extended and convoluted gusto to the charges that he is a falsifier of historical fact and a plagiarist of others'… Continue Reading >>

Scraping the Bottom of the Syllabus

July 18, 2005 by ACTA|
The invaluable and intrepid University Diaries has updated her regular feature detailing the absurdities of academic syllabus creation. Building on earlier installments to Syllabum Omnium, Margaret Soltan pays… Continue Reading >>

Hamilton College Digs a Deeper Hole

July 14, 2005 by ACTA|
Hamilton College is currently running its first alumni trustee election in over thirty years--and, despite the terrible press Dartmouth garnered when it tried to place unreasonable restrictions on candidates'… Continue Reading >>

Vanderbilt Concedes Defeat

July 13, 2005 by ACTA|
In May, a Tennessee court ruled that Vanderbilt University does not have the right to remove the word "confederate" from a dormitory that has carried the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" since it was erected… Continue Reading >>
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