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Online Education Cannot Replace the Collegiate Experience

March 31, 2020 by Nathaniel Urban and Alexandra Quillen |

COVID-19 is redefining higher education. In less than a month, thousands of colleges and universities shifted to online coursework, forcing faculty without experience or interest in e-teaching to learn new… Continue Reading >>

South Carolina Will Make Civic Education a Priority

March 19, 2020 by Edwin Williamson and Nathaniel Urban |

The South Carolina General Assembly is now productively confronting a crisis in civic education, using its authority… Continue Reading >>

The Definition of a Liberal Arts Education

February 12, 2020 by Nathaniel Urban |

The ancient Greeks identified seven subjects that made up a traditional liberal arts education, which they considered essential for a free person to study in order to participate in civic life and cultivate… Continue Reading >>

St. John’s College: Innovation in the Face of Crisis

December 16, 2019 by Rebecca Richards |

This piece was originally posted by ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR). Click here to check out their website. 

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Smith Center at Xavier University Introduces Business Students to the Liberal Arts

October 28, 2019 by Erik Gross |

R. Stafford Johnson is Director of the Continue Reading >>

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 >>

Ali Eskandarian: Scientists Need a Liberal Education

August 20, 2019 by Erik Gross |

Dr. Eskandarian is the Executive Director… Continue Reading >>

William Luther on Economics and the Liberal Arts

August 14, 2019 by Erik Gross |

William J. Luther is an assistant professor of… Continue Reading >>

“Turn to Your Neighbor and Say Hello” – Disregarding Language and Literature Encourages Division

August 2, 2019 by Melissa Haley |

There’s no way around it—the college experience just ain’t what it used to be. Liberal arts colleges, which have played an important role in our nation’s Founding and growth, are… Continue Reading >>

The Importance the Liberal Arts Play in Civic Engagement

July 26, 2019 by Adam Horey |

A crisis has been emerging at our nation’s small liberal arts colleges. Enrollment is dwindling at most small colleges. Consequently, these schools have been forced to take on greater budget deficits.… Continue Reading >>

Stress Culture: A Vicious Cycle

July 18, 2019 by Ariana Roberts |

University students accept the idea of “stress culture” as an unchangeable aspect of college life. An articleContinue 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 >>

College Leaders Collaborate to Address Substance Abuse

April 4, 2019 by Greta Wagley |

The most recent national surveys on college student drug and alcohol use have revealed some… Continue Reading >>

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