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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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Faculty Leaders Meet at Fall Oases of Excellence Conference

October 15, 2019 by Rebecca Richards |

In late September, distinguished faculty from across the country gathered together in Orem,… 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… 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.… 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… 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:… 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,… Continue Reading >>

Jonathan Zimmerman: Embracing the Preservation and Exploration of the Past

December 22, 2018 by Erik Gross |

Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education at University of Pennsylvania, sat down with ACTA's Erik Gross to probe the Silent Sam controversy at the University of North Carolina… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading >>

House Committee Holds Joint Hearing on Freedom of Speech in Higher Education

May 25, 2018 by Shaun Rieley |

It seems nearly every week there are new reports of the silencing of diverse viewpoints on American college and university campuses. Protests that result in a de facto “heckler’s veto”… Continue Reading >>

Boilermakers Aren’t Made for Tribes

May 23, 2018 by Doug Sprei |

This is an excerpt from Purdue President Mitch E. Daniels, Jr's 2018 Commencement Address:

I look forward all year to this moment, and this view. No sight all year comes close.… Continue Reading >>

The Blind Leading the Sighted

May 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei |

I first met Henry “Hoby” Wedler in 2011… Continue Reading >>

Student Perspective: Higher Ed is Full of Opportunity

May 8, 2018 by Elliott Cole |

Marissa Williams interned for ACTA in the Summer of 2017 and recently graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio. I spoke with her over the phone to discuss her experience and perspective on a four-day… Continue Reading >>

Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech: The Heritage of Western Civilization

May 4, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA President Michael Poliakoff presented his lecture at Ashland University's Ashbrook Center on April 24, 2018.

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