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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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Bang for Your Buck: Southwest Baptist University

November 13, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Southwest Baptist University has been named one of the nation’s Best Private Colleges for Minimizing Student Debt by LendEDU and prides itself on receiving an “A” rating from ACTA’s… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Herbert I. London

November 12, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |
ACTA mourns the loss of Herbert I. London (1939–2018), renowned as a thought leader, author, teacher, scholar, and longtime friend. Originally from the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, Dr.… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 11/9

November 9, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Iowa Wesleyan University Announces Potential Closure Iowa Wesleyan University, founded in 1842, recently announced that this may be its last semester of operation, citing financial shortfalls. The University… Continue Reading >>

Corporate Partnerships and Accessible College Aid Solutions

November 7, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Arizona State University (ASU) recently announced exciting plans to partner with Uber to offer free online degrees to Uber drivers that meet certain longevity requirements. The program is an expansion of ASU’s… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Bluefield College

November 6, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Bluefield College is a small, Christian liberal arts college quietly nestled in southern Virginia. It is situated several miles away from the West Virginia border and less than two hours away from the North… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 11/2

November 2, 2018 by Erik Gross |
Repercussions Continue for the University of Maryland–College Park Since the tragic death of Jordan McNair, an offensive tackle for the University of Maryland–College Park, calls for greater accountability… Continue Reading >>

The Defense of Foreign Language Requirements

October 31, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
American colleges and universities play a significant role in creating global citizens. One of best ways for students to engage as global citizens is to learn a foreign language. This month, faculty from the… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Protecting Freedom and Safeguarding Value in Higher Education

October 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole and Nathaniel Urban |
Over the last year, higher education has continued to garner national attention. Controversial speakers, college closures, exorbitant tuition costs, athletics scandals, and lack of career preparation have all… Continue Reading >>

Freedom of Speech on Campus: It’s Necessary for the Liberal Learning Curriculum

October 17, 2018 by Moriah Poliakoff and Rachel Wagner |
This opinion featured in Volume 50, Issue 5 of The Captains Log, the student newspaper at Christopher Newport University (CNU). What do the University of Chicago, Purdue University, the University of Nebraska,… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

College Trustees Must Protect Free Speech

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