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Decline of History

March 20, 2019 by Michael Poliakoff |

Last fall, the American Historical Association’s (AHA) released… Continue Reading >>

Generous Thinking: Modeling Civility in Higher Ed

March 8, 2019 by Erik Gross |

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is the Director of Digital Humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University. She joined ACTA to discuss her new book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving… 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 >>

Chad Wellmon: How Moral Education Left the Classroom

January 28, 2019 by Erik Gross |

Chad Wellmon is a professor of German Studies at University of Virginia.… Continue Reading >>

Bang for Your Buck: Florida State University

December 5, 2018 by Nathaniel Urban |

Florida State University (FSU) is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. The university features over 110 facilities,… 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… 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 LendEDUContinue 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading >>

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