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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 >>

Overdoing Distribution Requirements?

July 13, 2005 by ACTA|
As ACTA has shown, American colleges and universities have essentially abandoned the old notion of a required core curriculum in favor of a smorgasbord-type system of choice in which students sample a range… Continue Reading >>

Time, Place, and Manner

July 10, 2005 by ACTA|
Jim Paine, a.k.a. Pirate Ballerina, argues that Ward Churchill's ongoing pattern of inflammatory expression is far from self-destructive--that it is, in fact, a highly ingenious strategy for protecting… Continue Reading >>

Churchill Decompensates

July 5, 2005 by ACTA|
Although University of Colorado - Boulder administrators rightly ruled that ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill's inflammatory comments about 9/11 were protected speech, the jury is still out about… Continue Reading >>

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ignorance

July 3, 2005 by ACTA|
In 2000, ACTA's report on historical illiteracy among American college students, Losing America's Memory, documented a shocking degree of ignorance among the brightest and best educated of this country's… Continue Reading >>

The Collegiality Trap

July 1, 2005 by ACTA|
As debate continues in Indiana about whether untenured IU law professor William Bradford has anything to worry about from senior colleagues who vociferously oppose his pro-war politics, KC Johnson goes to the… Continue Reading >>

Collegiality, Ideology, Job Security

June 27, 2005 by ACTA|
Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson reports that a law professor at Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis has been denied tenure for being "uncollegial". William Bradford is a beloved teacher,… Continue Reading >>

Religious Freedom or False Advertising?

June 23, 2005 by ACTA|
Seton Hall University is unusual among Catholic institutions in having on its books an anti-discrimination policy that expressly states the school's position that bias on the basis of sexual orientation… Continue Reading >>

Home Is Where the History Is

June 22, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for the L.A. Times, David Gelernter argues that "only fools would rely on the schools" to teach their children history. An excerpt: My son told me about a high school event that (at first) I didn't… Continue Reading >>

The Media as Academic Watchdog

June 20, 2005 by ACTA|
Two weeks ago, the Rocky Mountain News ran a four-part series on Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado ethnic studies professor whose academic integrity has come into question since his comment about the… Continue Reading >>
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