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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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Accreditation on the Edge: A Panel Discussion on America’s Broken Accreditation System

October 10, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |
Recently, ACTA hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of higher education accreditation with a group of experts from a range of different perspectives. The event was loosely based on… Continue Reading >>

The Benefits of Out-of-State Education—and the Growing Costs

October 1, 2018 by Caitlin Patrick |
When it came time to begin my “college search,” I found myself in a fortunate position. I wasn’t restricted to solely in-state options, though my parents encouraged me to consider them in… Continue Reading >>

Computer Science in a Liberal Arts Education

September 28, 2018 by Amo Manuel |
I never considered myself much of a math or science scholar during high school. The symbolic language of math never quite cemented in my mind, and while I appreciated science in the abstract, I didn’t… Continue Reading >>

Examining the Value of Literature

September 19, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Literature is one of the greatest teachers for the present day. Through the study of literary works, we are exposed to complex ideas and are invited to examine their success or failure, regardless of whether… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Roger Beckett

September 17, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
ACTA mourns the passing of Roger Beckett, 44, who served as the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University since 2013. Mr. Beckett joined Ashbrook’s staff in 1997 and was pivotal… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Senator John McCain

September 4, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
On September 2, 2018, Senator John McCain was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. Patriot, warrior, legislator, leader, husband, and father, John McCain modeled for America and the world standards… Continue Reading >>

Launching Civil Debates on Campus: Austin Ramsey and Better Angels

August 22, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
Soft-spoken and passionate, Austin Ramsey is a sophomore at East Tennessee State University, majoring in information systems with a minor in business management. He is also active in the ROAN Scholars Leadership.… Continue Reading >>

Interview: David Blankenhorn, Founder of Better Angels

August 13, 2018 by Doug Sprei |
Since the 2016 election, researchers have been sounding alarms that public rancor and polarization across the nation have reached a level of intensity not seen since the Civil War. As the Washington Post reported… Continue Reading >>

Student Perspective: Amo Manuel

August 10, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Amo Manuel is a senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in history with a minor in computer science. He was a summer intern on ACTA's What Will They Learn?® initiative. Continue Reading >>

Strengthening the History Major at Kenyon College

August 3, 2018 by Erik Gross |
College administrators are often torn between requiring a core curriculum, and allowing students to immediately begin specializing their studies. While an entirely set curriculum for a major discourages creativity… Continue Reading >>

Restoring Civility to Our National Discourse

July 25, 2018 by Ryan Ansloan |
Political civility “is about disagreeing without disrespect” and “seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences,” according to the Institute for Civility in… Continue Reading >>

The Promise of Engaged Citizenship: UVA’s New Curriculum

July 17, 2018 by Rachel Wagner |
In 2016, the University of Virginia’s (UVA) core curriculum, now referred to as the “Traditional Curriculum,” earned the school a “D” grade in ACTA’s What Will They Learn… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Knowledge: America’s Founding

July 4, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
How much do you know about America's founding? Take our short quiz below and please leave a comment with your thoughts. Did you know that only 17.6% of American colleges and universities require their… Continue Reading >>

The Protection of the Liberal Arts Begins with America’s Colleges and Universities

June 8, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
The liberal arts are declining, but this is not the fault of students. Last week, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Knowledge: D-Day

June 5, 2018 by Elliott Cole |
Today, we honor the 74th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in world history. In 2014, ACTA commissioned a GfK survey to test the historical knowledge of the American public, with some concerning results.… Continue Reading >>
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College Trustees Must Protect Free Speech

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