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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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A Lesson in the Need for Transparency, Accountability, and Solidarity

November 28, 2018 by Erik Gross |
A faculty vote of no confidence against a college president is a common enough event; sometimes there is more pique than substance. But there are some significant issues at the University of the Pacific. Following… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Georgia Southern University

November 27, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |
Georgia Southern University is a public research university and the largest center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia. The university has a diverse student population that includes students… Continue Reading >>

University of Minnesota Presidential Search Lacks Transparency, Creativity

November 16, 2018 by Erik Gross |
The University of Minnesota’s ongoing search for a new president has been the subject of media scrutiny ranging from concerns about transparency, its reliance on a search firm and a search committee that… Continue Reading >>

This Week in Higher Ed 11/16

November 16, 2018 by Erik Gross |
International Student Enrollment Declines for Second Consecutive Year A new report by the Institute of International Education found that U.S. enrollment of international students has declined for the second… Continue Reading >>

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 >>
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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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