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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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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 >>

A Reminder of the Value of General Education

March 28, 2019 by Nathaniel Urban |

The college application process is over for most high school students. Most students see college as the next phase of their life, but with the average cost of tuition increasing by over… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

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