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Ideological Corruption Among University Presidents

September 27, 2005 by ACTA|
American University president Ben Ladner may be in the news right now for his outrageous spending and his abuse of fiduciary privilege, and the Ladner story may be a reminder of similar abuses by other college… Continue Reading >>

Something Else for Margaret Spellings

September 23, 2005 by ACTA|
As long as Margaret Spellings has resolved to study American higher education in order to get a sense of where the problems are and how the system might be improved, she would do well to consider an increasingly… Continue Reading >>

Harvard Plays It Safe

September 22, 2005 by ACTA|
Yesterday, Harvard University joined Columbia, Cornell, NYU, Yale, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania in filing an amicus brief opposing the Solomon Amendment, which stipulates that… Continue Reading >>

Losing the Idea of Liberal Education

September 21, 2005 by ACTA|
It has become commonplace to lament the decline of liberal education in the United States. We criticize colleges for abandoning their mission, for becoming excessively corporate, on the one hand, and for pandering… Continue Reading >>

Federal Focus on Higher Ed

September 19, 2005 by ACTA|
The federal government is responsible for about a third of higher education spending in the U.S., which it does in the form of research grants and student financial aid programs. That investment is far greater… Continue Reading >>

Lack of Transparency at Cornell

September 15, 2005 by ACTA|
Last spring, Cornell University president and alumnus Jeffrey Lehman stepped down after only two years on the job. The decision came as a shock to many, as Lehman had presided over a number of positive developments,… Continue Reading >>

Speech Codes and Journalistic Ethics

September 13, 2005 by ACTA|
Last spring, the University of New Hampshire found itself at the center of a highly publicized controversy when a student journalist repeatedly posted material on his blog that offended and frightened his teachers… Continue Reading >>

It’s Official

September 10, 2005 by ACTA|
The University of Colorado announced yesterday that it will proceed to launch a full-scale investigation of ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill. Churchill was the subject of a preliminary investigation… Continue Reading >>

Small Victory for Churchill

September 8, 2005 by ACTA|
Last month, the University of Colorado committee investigating Ward Churchill's academic conduct dropped one of the more damning charges against him: that he falsified his ancestry in order to present himself… Continue Reading >>

Back to Basics

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 >>
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