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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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Preventing the Next Middlebury

March 21, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Threats to free speech have been all over the news in the world of higher education. Disinvitations, no-platforming and shouting down speakers have become all too frequent, a tragic “new normal” at too...

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Chaos on UC Campuses: Chancellors Hexter and Dirks Show Principled Courage

February 6, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Chaos ensued at UC Berkeley this week, following a planned speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of rescinding the invitation, UC-Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks used Yiannapoulos’s...

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Intern Blog: Want Heightened Sensitivity on College Campuses? Reintroduce a Core Curriculum

August 26, 2016 by Nayeli Riano |

In recent years, college campuses have been riven by controversies: literature purges, campus uprisings, “Freedom Budgets,” and more. Increasingly, administrators have turned to sensitivity training as a...

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Intern Blog: Ensuring Freedom of Expression at America’s Universities

August 22, 2016 by Zach Oscar |

Throughout my academic career, I had always expected that my teachers and professors would maintain their intellectual professionalism—that they would take a laissez-faire approach to class discussions...

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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 under consideration by the state Assembly, California courts would be able to force religious schools to adopt...

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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 under faculty pressure from his appointment as...

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Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 6, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary, 5/12/2016] accurately identified the profound threat to education and to our free society that the campus...

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Diversity Thwarted

April 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Intellectual diversity, that is. A new Pew Research Center study shows that those who have attended graduate school (i.e. the future professoriate) lean even farther to the left than those with only an...

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Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees acted judiciously in determining that erasing the name of former Princeton president and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson would not serve to “achieve meaningful...

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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 cited...

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Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting...

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From the Bookshelf: The State of the American Mind

August 12, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Graham Greene said that “a story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” The State of the American Mind is such a...

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College and the Sounds of Silence

June 17, 2015 by Christine Ravold |

Todd Gitlin recently wrote, “You are Here to be Disturbed” and “Please Be Disturbed: Triggering Can Be Good for You, Kids.” Professor Gitlin brings an important voice to the cause of free speech and...

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Discourse Endangered by Campus “Safe Spaces”

May 21, 2015 by Christine Ravold |

In the event a speaker is visiting campus and her speech will make you feel unsafe, Brown University students might suggest soft music, blankets, videos of puppies and some Play-Doh. That was how they...

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School, Disrupted

May 20, 2015 by Christine Ravold |

The sooner we face higher education's brokenness, the sooner we can fix it.

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation agrees, but doesn’t follow UC president Janet Napolitano in...

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