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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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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 >>

Test Your Knowledge: American Government

May 22, 2019 by Elliott Cole |
How much do you know about our system of government? Take this quick civics quiz to find out! It takes only 2 minutes, is completely anonymous, and doesn't require your email address or other… Continue Reading >>

Boosting a Culture of Free Expression in Michigan

May 21, 2019 by Connor Murnane |
On May 16, Armand Alacbay—ACTA’s Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs—testified in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in support of House Bills 4435 and 4436. This… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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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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