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

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


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Chartered for Success

August 5, 2019 by Daniel Siegel |
The quality of education that students receive is a key factor in their long-term success, socioeconomically and personally. There are three broad divisions of American schools: public, private, and charter.… Continue Reading >>

“Turn to Your Neighbor and Say Hello” – Disregarding Language and Literature Encourages Division

August 2, 2019 by Melissa Haley |
There’s no way around it—the college experience just ain’t what it used to be. Liberal arts colleges, which have played an important role in our nation’s Founding and growth, are turning… Continue Reading >>

How Extracurriculars Skew College Admissions

August 1, 2019 by Nathan Hotes |
Institutions of higher education use the extracurricular activities of applicants to "get a sense of the person you are and what you care about", yet most applications force these activities to be submitted… Continue Reading >>

Classical Languages in Risk: How Classical Education Is Taught in China

July 30, 2019 by Meixi Sun |
In the United States, Latin disappeared from middle school and high school classrooms decades ago. Most public schools no longer offer courses in Latin, while others only offer the class as an elective. Ancient… Continue Reading >>

The Importance the Liberal Arts Play in Civic Engagement

July 26, 2019 by Adam Horey |
A crisis has been emerging at our nation’s small liberal arts colleges. Enrollment is dwindling at most small colleges. Consequently, these schools have been forced to take on greater budget deficits.… Continue Reading >>

U.S. History is the Bedrock of Civic Engagement

July 24, 2019 by Thomas Johnson |
As higher education sees an increase in enrollment, colleges are gradually shifting their curricula to keep up with the changing economic landscape, often at the expense of the liberal arts. Many institutions… Continue Reading >>

Stress Culture: A Vicious Cycle

July 18, 2019 by Ariana Roberts |
University students accept the idea of “stress culture” as an unchangeable aspect of college life. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes “stress culture” as “crushing… Continue Reading >>

The Role of Liberal Arts Education in a Democracy

July 17, 2019 by Joseph Schoffstall |
A democracy is a system of government that grants citizens political power to choose their own representatives. Each citizen, when legally eligible, can freely participate in government through elections, choosing… Continue Reading >>

Madelyn Ross: The State of Academic Freedom in China

July 16, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Madelyn Ross is the Associate Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Executive Director of SAIS China, which includes the Hopkins-Nanjing Center… Continue Reading >>

If You Give an Administrator an Assistant: How Growing Administrative Staffs are Increasing College Costs

July 15, 2019 by Shannon McWaters |
It’s no secret that American college tuition, in both the public and private sector, has skyrocketed in recent years. Inflation adjusted cost of attendance has gone from, on average, $52,982 for a four-year… Continue Reading >>

Dr. Eskandarian Speaks at CFA Society Panel

July 5, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Ali Eskandarian, Executive Director of ACTA’s Fund for Academic Renewal, spoke at the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Society’s Philadelphia conference to discuss higher education financing… Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Pidluzny: College Graduates Must Understand U.S. History

July 3, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny is the Director of Academic Affairs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. Pidluzny taught political science at Morehead State University, specializing… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Response to “Stop Feeding College Bureaucratic Bloat” (WSJ 6/3)

June 12, 2019 by Armand Alacbay |
Philip Hamburger (“Stop Feeding College Bureaucratic Bloat” 6/3/19) aptly notes that a college bureaucracy doubling in number compared to faculty “has shifted the balance of power towards… Continue Reading >>

Academic Freedom Hangs On by a Thread at Williams College

June 3, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Williams College—where the 75th percentile SAT score is a staggering 1570 and the federally estimated total expense for attendance is an equally staggering $73,200—has made a mockery of higher education.… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Friends Receive Recognition from Heterodox Academy

May 30, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Heterodox Academy—a collaborative of academics who are committed to open inquiry and intellectual diversity—recently announced its 2019 “Open Inquiry Award Winners,” which recognizes… Continue Reading >>
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ACTA's take on:

News Roundup

Opinion: Great Books for a Brainwashing

The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler 

Has College Gotten Too Easy?

The Atlantic, Joe Pinkser 

The Consequences of the Government Shutdown for Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson 

College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

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