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On the Limits of Classroom Speech

May 30, 2005 by ACTA|
When is a joke a threat? Who decides how a remark was intended, or what reactions to a remark are reasonable? Where does academic freedom end and unprotected expression begin? All these questions are on the… Continue Reading >>

Political Litmus Tests in Oregon

May 29, 2005 by ACTA|
University of Oregon administrators were surprised by the response they received from faculty and from the media after they revealed a draft of their new "Five-Year Diversity Plan." According to a highly critical… Continue Reading >>

Money Pits

May 25, 2005 by ACTA|
Ten years ago, seventeen American colleges and universities boasted endowments of one billion dollars or more. Today, there are forty-seven such schools, thanks to smart investing, active fundraising, and friendly… Continue Reading >>

Ideology in the School of Education

May 23, 2005 by ACTA|
Last February, Le Moyne College made national news when it expelled Scott McConnell, a master's student in education, for writing a course essay in which he defended the use of corporal punishment in schools… Continue Reading >>

Free to Be Better Trustees

May 17, 2005 by ACTA|
ACTA joins, The Weekly Standard, and FIRE in announcing the historic election of Peter Robinson and Todd Zywicki to Dartmouth College's Board of Trustees. "This election sends a message… Continue Reading >>

Oregon Quotas

May 16, 2005 by ACTA|
At the University of Oregon, the Office of Multicultural Academic Support has instituted a quota system for three lower-level math classes and three lower-level English classes. OMAS finances and manages the… Continue Reading >>

Bean Counters

May 16, 2005 by ACTA|
What happens when you change the requirements for tenure--and apply the new standards to untenured faculty who have been operating for years according to a different standard? At Loyola College in Maryland,… Continue Reading >>


May 11, 2005 by ACTA|
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has chalked up three victories in three days. On Monday, FIRE announced that it has convinced Dartmouth College to rescind its speech code; on Tuesday, FIRE… Continue Reading >>

Rethinking the Humanities

May 9, 2005 by ACTA|
Last weekend, the American Council of Learned Societies held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Of particular interest was a panel entitled "The Humanities and Its Publics"; organized by ACLS president Pauline… Continue Reading >>

What’s in a Name?

May 5, 2005 by ACTA|
At Vanderbilt University, the dorm that bears the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" has an unusual and controversial history. Built nearly seventy years ago, it was originally part of the George Peabody College… Continue Reading >>

It’s a Mad, Mad Campus

May 3, 2005 by ACTA|
Campus life is nothing if not colorful. It's also often crazy. Sometimes, the madness centers on race. At the University of Oklahoma, for example, baseball coach Larry Cochell has resigned after an interview… Continue Reading >>

The Faulty Tower

May 2, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for The Weekly Standard, Joseph Epstein uses the publication of Princeton English emerita Elaine Showalter's new book, Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents, as the occasion for… Continue Reading >>

Faith and Federal Funding

April 28, 2005 by ACTA|
Has the federal government overstepped in giving nearly half a million dollars of funding to an Alaskan Bible college? The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it has, and is suing the U.S. Secretary of Education… Continue Reading >>

Election Opens a Can of Worms

April 27, 2005 by ACTA|
Dartmouth College alumni are currently electing two new members to the Board of Trustees--and what one would normally expect to be a fairly mundane and staid process has proven to be a fascinating struggle… Continue Reading >>

Fresh Air

April 26, 2005 by ACTA|
A fascinating student editorial on free speech and ideological double standards appears in today's Harvard Crimson: Since January, an intolerant atmosphere has prevailed on campus. Summers' remarks… Continue Reading >>
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