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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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Intern Blog: Ensuring Freedom of Expression at America’s Universities

August 22, 2016 by Zach Oscar |

Throughout my academic career, I had always expected that my teachers and professors would maintain their intellectual professionalism—that they would take a laissez-faire approach to class discussions… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Misdirected Demand for Transparency Imperils Religious Liberty in Education

August 4, 2016 by Margaret Youngblood |

Under newly proposed modifications to SB 1146, which have passed the state Senate and are… Continue Reading >>

Disinvitation, Northwestern Style

June 20, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

On May 31, the Washington Post published the distressing account of how three-star general and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry withdrew… Continue Reading >>

Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 6, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary,… Continue Reading >>

Diversity Thwarted

April 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

Intellectual diversity, that is. A new Pew Research Center study shows… Continue Reading >>

Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees Continue Reading >>

Free Speech on Trial: Falk vs. Derbyshire; Woodward vs. Shockley; Bollinger vs. Ahmedinejad

March 25, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

Does free speech on a college campus matter? Williams College President Adam Falk responded last week to criticism of his February 19 cancellation of John Derbyshire’s scheduled presentation. Falk… Continue Reading >>

Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting… Continue Reading >>

From the Bookshelf: The State of the American Mind

August 12, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Graham Greene said that “a story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” The State of the American… Continue Reading >>

Discourse Endangered by Campus “Safe Spaces”

May 21, 2015 by Christine Ravold|

In the event a speaker is visiting campus and her speech will make you feel unsafe, Brown University students Continue Reading >>

School, Disrupted

May 20, 2015 by Christine Ravold|

The sooner we face higher education's brokenness, the sooner we can fix it.

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation Continue Reading >>

Bland, Boring, Safe: A Timid Send-Off to the Class of 2015

May 1, 2015 by Christine Ravold|

“Never, never, never, give up.”

This quote from Sir Winston Churchill’s commencement speech at Harrow School in 1941 conveys advice useful to those departing the hallowed halls… Continue Reading >>

Moral Clarity and Academic Freedom:  Larry Summers at Columbia

February 13, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff|

On January 29th, Professor Lawrence Summers inaugurated the Columbia University Center for Law and Liberty’s new program on academic freedom. The topic that Summers selected, “Continue Reading >>

Victory for Student Speech in the Eleventh Circuit Court

January 14, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

A case that began back in 2007 has Continue Reading >>

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