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ACTA on the Road: Colorado

May 16, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
On May 7, ACTA ventured to Colorado Springs to discuss campus free speech and intellectual diversity with more than 100 friends, supporters, and donors. Hosted by Joseph Woodford and the Bastiat Society, the… Continue Reading >>

Fortifying Our Civic Infrastructure

May 10, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
With the swish of a pen, education is on the national infrastructure agenda. In a letter to President Trump outlining priorities for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck… Continue Reading >>

Philanthropist’s Corner: Establishing the Pizzagalli Chair of Free Enterprise at University of Vermont

April 22, 2019 by Ali Eskandarian |
Angelo Pizzagalli is a Vermont based business leader and proud supporter of the University of Vermont. In 2017, he contacted ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal to help craft a gift to the University of Vermont… Continue Reading >>

What’s Hot in Higher Ed 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 by Erik Gross |
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Abandons Controversial Plan to Cut Liberal Arts Majors This fall, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point became an exemplar of the ongoing decline of liberal… Continue Reading >>

Students at Northern Michigan University Embrace the Examined Life

April 5, 2019 by Erik Gross |
ACTA’s newest Oasis of Excellence, the Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom (CAIF) at Northern Michigan University (NMU), has been extremely active in promoting civic dialogue and robust debate… Continue Reading >>

College Leaders Collaborate to Address Substance Abuse

April 4, 2019 by Greta Wagley |
The most recent national surveys on college student drug and alcohol use have revealed some alarming facts: one-third of full-time undergraduate college students in the U.S. drink excessively; cannabis use… Continue Reading >>

A Reminder of the Value of General Education

March 28, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
The college application process is over for most high school students. Most students see college as the next phase of their life, but with the average cost of tuition increasing by over 200% from 1980 to 2014,… Continue Reading >>

Speech Matters: A Panel Hosted by the University of California

March 26, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event in Washington, DC, sponsored by the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement titled, “Speech Matters: The… Continue Reading >>

Decline of History

March 20, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |
Last fall, the American Historical Association’s (AHA) released a grim report on the steep decline in the number of students majoring in history: Between 2008 and 2017, the number of history degrees conferred… Continue Reading >>

Generous Thinking: Modeling Civility in Higher Ed

March 8, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is the Director of Digital Humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University. She joined ACTA to discuss her new book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the… Continue Reading >>

What’s Hot in Higher Ed - March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019 by Erik Gross |
Top trending news on the college and university front: Michael Crow's triumphant leadership at ASU; the Chronicle of Higher Education's latest panoramic survey; Harvard's new dean faces down… Continue Reading >>

Meet Kenyon College President Sean Decatur

February 27, 2019 by Erik Gross |
On our podcast, Higher Ed Now, ACTA recently interviewed Sean Decatur, president of Kenyon College, one of the nation’s most distinguished liberal arts colleges. President Decatur is a scientist by training,… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Hillsdale College

February 26, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |
Hillsdale College lies two hours west of Detroit, MI. Its liberal arts curriculum focuses heavily on Western Civilization, philosophy, U.S. government and history, and the study of Great Books. Hillsdale has… Continue Reading >>

Miami University Trustee: “The Humanities Make this World a Better Place”

February 25, 2019 by Doug Sprei |
"The study of human experience instills a spirit of humility, civility, and empathy in all one does." The following is adapted from a speech that John W. Altman gave on February 21, 2019 at Miami University,… Continue Reading >>
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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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