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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 >>

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 >>

History of Hamilton: Will Higher Ed Embrace the Phenomenon?

May 7, 2018 by Megan Riethmiller |

Alexander Hamilton, one of the forgotten Founding Fathers, has risen to fame since 2015 thanks to Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton. The Broadway musical is “changing the game” through… 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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The Road to Athletic Glory Crumbles at the Gates of the Ivory Tower

March 5, 2018 by Christine Ravold|

The late winter ritual of filling in the NCAA March Madness Bracket is nearly upon us. The risk-takers will bet on the success of student athletes, and loyal alumni will cheer their teams on, hoping to make… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Dead Languages: Is Higher Education Ignoring Foreign Language Requirements?

August 14, 2017 by Devon Landis |

Fewer and fewer colleges are requiring a full liberal arts core curriculum as part of their general education requirements. Still, many students are required to take writing, literature, and history classes… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: The Timeless Value of the Great Books

August 8, 2017 by Nathaniel Urban |

Plato, Aristotle, Tocqueville, Milton, Hobbes, and Dante. Are these texts—today considered the Great Books of Western Civilization—still relevant for 21st Century needs? For students… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Silicon Valley Titans Prove the Value of the Liberal Arts

July 31, 2017 by Joey Barretta |

Often, it is assumed that the liberal arts and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are at odds. The liberal arts are increasingly viewed as outmoded. Professors often prioritize… Continue Reading >>

2017’s Top Stories for Higher Ed Reform…So Far

June 7, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Who sets the agenda for coverage of higher education issues in the news? Last week, ACTA had the opportunity to find out while attending the Continue Reading >>

Q&A with the President of the University of Chicago: Safeguarding Free Expression

June 5, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff|

As freedom of expression faces increasingly difficult challenges on college campuses, the University of Chicago has emerged as the leading voice in defense of free expression, intellectual diversity,… Continue Reading >>

The Most “Educated” Generation?

May 30, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

As this year’s graduation season kicks off, the Millennial Generation is on track to become the most highly credentialed cohort in American history. The Pew Research Center recently found that the… Continue Reading >>

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