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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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One Student at a Time

January 16, 2018 by Doug Sprei |

When you first meet Erez Binyamin, a lively outgoing computer engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, it’s hard to imagine he was once shy and introverted. We sat down with… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Do Safe Spaces Impede Civic Discourse?

August 16, 2017 by Marissa Williams |

One of the oldest and most sacrosanct ideas in academia is that the clash and interaction of ideas leads to a better and more complete understanding of the truth. Historically, American higher education… Continue Reading >>

Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger |

Increasingly over the last few years, universities have seen a rapid change in how students regard free speech and inquiry. Growing political polarization throughout the country has minimized opportunities… 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 >>

Q&A with Heterodox Academy: A New Champion for Viewpoint Diversity

May 15, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

 What does the science of social psychology have to tell us about the current challenges and threats to free speech? A great deal, according to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of… Continue Reading >>

Disinvitation Season Springs Anew

May 12, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

In addition to the blooming flowers and May showers of spring, university commencements also break upon the horizon. For new graduates, commencement day is the culmination of years of work and an opportunity… Continue Reading >>

Guest Blog: The Value of an English Requirement

July 27, 2015 by Emily Linz |

At the University of Dallas (UD)—a What Will They Learn?™ “A” school and my undergraduate alma mater—the most significant part of the core curriculum… Continue Reading >>

Are Parents Asking the Right Questions about College for Their Kids?

November 4, 2014 by Ron Lipsman |

If you are the parent of a high school student, you are likely to be—or soon will be—caught up in the game of "where is junior going to college?" Many of you went to college twenty five or more… Continue Reading >>

Lawyers Teach Senators a Lesson in Due Process

October 6, 2014 by Avi Snyder|

Over the summer, a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced the Continue Reading >>

Taking the Leap Toward Innovative Education

October 1, 2014 by Alex McHugh|

Whether they go on to grad school or the work force, far too may college graduates are finding themselves deep in debt with nothing to show for it. Something about the way we educate clearly needs… Continue Reading >>

With Boost From the Great Books, Columbia Prof Helps Poor Students Go to College

August 6, 2014 by William Gonch|

How do you encourage high school students from disadvantaged families to go to college—and complete it? Get them excited about great books and great ideas.

That’s the approach taken… Continue Reading >>

Focused on Students, Setting Records in Research

July 15, 2014 by ACTA|

When former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took the helm as president of Purdue University,… Continue Reading >>

Education Is Just the Beginning: Anne Neal Addresses CCU Commencement

May 13, 2014 by ACTA|

Commencement season is upon us!

This past Saturday, ACTA president Anne Neal was honored with the opportunity to deliver the commencement address at Colorado Christian University. CCU is one of… Continue Reading >>

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