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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 >>

In Memoriam: Michael Novak, 1933–2017

February 17, 2017 by Ken Kolson |

ACTA mourns the loss of Michael Novak, a renowned Catholic philosopher and diplomat, as well as a beloved teacher and family man. A graduate of Stonehill College, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome,… Continue Reading >>

Quick Takes: Failing Humanities Programs Have Themselves to Blame

October 11, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

If students who major in humanities disciplines tend to have good job prospects (“When parents won’t let their kids study literature” August 4), why are do many parents object to majors… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: A Foreign Language Requirement Is a Necessity

August 19, 2016 by Pavel Novota |

All prestigious universities in my home country, the Czech Republic, demand that students study two or more foreign languages. A foreign language requirement is the norm in Europe. Not so in the United States.… 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 >>

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 >>

Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold|

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price”… Continue Reading >>

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