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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 >>

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 >>

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