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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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The Road to Athletic Glory Crumbles at the Gates of the Ivory Tower

March 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|
The late winter ritual of filling in the NCAA March Madness Bracket is nearly upon us. The risk-takers will bet on the success of student athletes, and loyal alumni will cheer their teams on, hoping to make… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Dr. Roger W. Haskell

February 20, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff|
It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of one of ACTA’s dearest friends and supporters, Dr. Roger W. Haskell. A true servant of the people, Dr. Haskell had a long and distinguished career in the… Continue Reading >>

What University Trustees Should Learn from Michigan State

February 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|
Emotionally charged testimonies from over 150 women captured national attention this month as disgraced doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for criminal sexual assault. But as the… Continue Reading >>

One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
When you first meet Erez Binyamin, a lively outgoing computer engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, it’s hard to imagine he was once shy and introverted. We sat down with Erez… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Dr. Bruce Cole

January 11, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff|
The nation lost a great citizen and leader with the passing of The Honorable Bruce Cole, and ACTA mourns the loss of a friend and inspiring national leader. Dr. Cole was an internationally acclaimed art historian,… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Ideas that Work for 21st Century Higher Ed Reform

November 9, 2017 by Elliott Cole |
The national conversation concerning the state of free expression on college campuses, the health of America’s institutions of higher education, and the role of trustees and policymakers in charting… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Joseph Fulcher

October 16, 2017 by Karen Hyman |
It is with deep sadness that ACTA notes the passing of Joe Fulcher, a key leader at the Stuttering Foundation since 1984 and the husband of our board member Jane Fraser. Joe passed away on October 6, 2017.… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Betty Capaldi Phillips

September 27, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff|
It is with great sadness that ACTA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips. Her career as a professor, scholar, and university administrator was one of brilliant achievement. It took only moments in her… Continue Reading >>

Land of Opportunity

September 19, 2017 by Brianna Suggs |
From 1947–1995, “Land of Opportunity” was the official motto of the great State of Arkansas, before it was changed to “The Natural State.” Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Buyer’s Remorse: How Consumer Scrutiny is Changing Higher Ed

August 17, 2017 by Caroline Toth |
No one likes making uninformed decisions. “About a third of all internet transactions are returned by shoppers” reports the Wall Street Journal, causing massive increases in customer service costs… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Do Safe Spaces Impede Civic Discourse?

August 16, 2017 by Marissa Williams |
One of the oldest and most sacrosanct ideas in academia is that the clash and interaction of ideas leads to a better and more complete understanding of the truth. Historically, American higher education prided… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Dead Languages: Is Higher Education Ignoring Foreign Language Requirements?

August 14, 2017 by Devon Landis |
Fewer and fewer colleges are requiring a full liberal arts core curriculum as part of their general education requirements. Still, many students are required to take writing, literature, and history classes… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Military Colleges Make the Grade on General Education

August 10, 2017 by Adam Niehoff |
American military colleges produce disciplined leaders that are prepared for national service in one of the four American service branches. Often these institutions are extremely selective and require letters… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: The Timeless Value of the Great Books

August 8, 2017 by Nathaniel Urban |
Plato, Aristotle, Tocqueville, Milton, Hobbes, and Dante. Are these texts—today considered the Great Books of Western Civilization—still relevant for 21st Century needs? For students who discover… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Do Weak Standards Come at a High Price?

August 3, 2017 by Jessika Dziechciowska |
Research shows that the cost of tuition has been steadily increasing since 1991. The rate of increase accelerated greatly after the year 2000 and continued to increase through 2015. Nonetheless, even these… Continue Reading >>
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