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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.


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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 >>

The Limits of Academic Freedom

April 25, 2005 by ACTA|
The winter provided ample fare for followers of campus scandals centered on speech. There were Ward Churchill and his "little Eichmanns," Lawrence Summers and his politically incorrect speculations about sexual… Continue Reading >>

Bowling for Dollars

April 24, 2005 by ACTA|
Last fall, filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore was invited to speak at Cal State San Marcos—and then he was disinvited. The reason given by CSUSM president Karen Hynes was that the school… Continue Reading >>

Changing Face of Undergraduates

April 23, 2005 by ACTA|
City Journal editor Brian Anderson's new book, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias, is a trenchant and timely analysis of how the rise of conservative mass media marks a major… Continue Reading >>

Trustees Have Free Speech Too

April 21, 2005 by ACTA|
On Tuesday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Hamilton, a member of St. Clair Community College's Board of Trustees. Hamilton has for the past several years been an increasingly outspoken critic… Continue Reading >>
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