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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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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 >>

Boosting a Culture of Free Expression in Michigan

May 21, 2019 by Connor Murnane |

On May 16, Armand Alacbay—ACTA’s Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs—testified in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in support of House Bills 4435 and 4436.… 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 >>

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 >>

Drew University Bets the House on New Degree Programs

December 5, 2018 by Erik Gross |

Drew University recently announced an unconventional approach to solving its budgetary woes. The University plans to expand program offerings, and then trim operational costs and faculty benefits. The University… Continue Reading >>

A Lesson in the Need for Transparency, Accountability, and Solidarity

November 28, 2018 by Erik Gross |

A faculty vote of no confidence against a college president is a common enough event; sometimes there is more pique than substance. But there are some significant issues at the University of the Pacific.… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Protecting Freedom and Safeguarding Value in Higher Education

October 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole and Nathaniel Urban |

Over the last year, higher education has continued to garner national attention. Controversial speakers, college closures, exorbitant tuition costs, athletics scandals, and lack of career preparation have… Continue Reading >>

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 >>

In Memoriam: Betty Capaldi Phillips

September 27, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff|

It is with great sadness that ACTA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips. Her career as a professor, scholar, and university administrator was one of brilliant achievement. It took only moments in… Continue Reading >>

Land of Opportunity

September 19, 2017 by Brianna Suggs |

From 1947–1995, “Land of Opportunity” was the official motto of the great State of Arkansas, before it was changed to “The Natural State.” Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart… Continue Reading >>

Calculating and Cutting Costs: A Q&A on ACTA’s Project on Administrative Costs

July 26, 2017 by ACTA|

Since “The Great Recession,” both public and private colleges have been feeling a financial squeeze. Consequently, reformers are asking important questions about improving efficiency and fiscal… Continue Reading >>

Keeping Track of Colleges—and Students

June 29, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Do students currently possess the tools they need to get good value for money out of their education? This question has produced a variety of creative efforts to evaluate the comparative strengths and weaknesses… 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 >>

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