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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Historical Literacy

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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 >>

Test Your Knowledge: America’s Founding

July 4, 2018 by Elliott Cole |

How much do you know about America's founding? Take our short quiz below and please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Did you know that only 17.6% of American colleges… Continue Reading >>

Test Your Knowledge: D-Day

June 5, 2018 by Elliott Cole |

Today, we honor the 74th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in world history. In 2014, ACTA commissioned a GfK survey to test the historical knowledge of the American public, with some concerning… 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 >>

A Future President’s History Lessons

July 4, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Study the past. These three simple words are etched in stone on a statue outside the National Archives building. On this Fourth of July, as Americans gather to celebrate with fireworks and barbecues, it… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Towards a True Civic Education

July 28, 2016 by Nathaniel Urban |

What does it mean to be an American? That seems like a simple question every American college student should be able to answer. For a majority of students, however, it is not so simple. Most college students… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

With the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost an unwavering defender of the principles on which this nation was founded. As ACTA shakes its head at its Continue Reading >>

Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize Promotes Military History

March 26, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

Founded last year to support the study of military history, the second annual Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History was, on Monday,… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Survey Prompts Civics Revival in North Dakota

February 24, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

Back in December, ACTA was thrilled to learn that North Dakota’s superintendent and the state’s first lady were championing a bill to require high school seniors to pass a civics test before… Continue Reading >>

Reflecting on Constitution Day 2014

September 17, 2014 by Alex McHugh|

If you’re like us, you were very excited for Constitution Day today. Maybe you even got out your tri-cornered party hat and a fresh set… Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed News Roundup: Happy Constitution Day!

September 17, 2014 by ACTA|

Happy Constitution Day! How well do you know our nation's founding document?

Here's why we shouldn't relegate the Constitution Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed News Roundup: How Well Do You Know Your Roosevelts?

September 15, 2014 by ACTA|
During which war was FDR president? Our survey suggests about 40% don't know.  
What John Oliver… Continue Reading >>

Higher Ed News Roundup: The Lessons of History

August 27, 2014 by ACTA|

One professor's efforts at immersing students in history, with great results.

For those who think technological… Continue Reading >>

Happy July 2nd!

July 2, 2014 by ACTA|

Wait. Isn’t Independence Day the 4th? 

 Did ACTA jump the gun? Not so. 

 It was actually today, in 1776, that the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution… Continue Reading >>

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