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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 >>

Missouri Acts Fast

June 20, 2005 by ACTA|
Bryan Le Beau, the University of Missouri dean who delivered a 2003 commencement speech that contained passages plagiarized from Cornel West and Russell Baker, has been placed on administrative leave. Le Beau… Continue Reading >>

Outing the Copycats

June 16, 2005 by ACTA|
It's well known that college students cheat with disturbing regularity--at most schools, about 75% of students admit to it. What's less well known is how often their professors engage in the same behavior.… Continue Reading >>

When Minds Don’t Meet

June 13, 2005 by ACTA|
Cornell University alumnus and current president Jeffrey Lehman has stepped down after only two years on the job. His reasons are veiled, but apparently amount to an inability to agree with trustees about the… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Releases Recommendations on UNC Governance

June 12, 2005 by ACTA|
The University of North Carolina presents interesting problems for governance. It has sixteen campuses, each with its own specific needs and its own trustees. And it is presently run by a Board of Governors… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Protests Political Screening of Teachers

June 9, 2005 by ACTA|
Yesterday, ACTA called on the U.S. Department of Education, governors, and institutions of higher education to disavow ideological litmus tests imposed on prospective teachers. Disturbed by the news that the… Continue Reading >>
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