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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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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...

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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...

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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 number...

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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 Ethical...

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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...

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Professor Andrew Hacker channels Teen Talk Barbie

February 26, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Professor Andrew Hacker’s interview (“Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody,”) calls to mind Teen Talk Barbie, who used to say, “Math class is tough!” At least she did until the American Association of...

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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 is the Literary Tradition sequence. Undergraduates...

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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 years...

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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 “Campus Accountability and Safety Act,” a bill that aims to hold “colleges more accountable for preventing and dealing with the...

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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 to...

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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 by Roosevelt...

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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, he not only accepted a lower salary than his predecessor, he also signed a contract that ties nearly one-third...

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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 ACTA’s...

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Dear Future College Students

February 27, 2014 by Greg Lewin |

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into college! If I may, I’d like to share some of my ideas on what it means to go to college, and how to select a college and college program that will prepare you...

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Students Know Who to Blame for Student Loan Crisis

December 3, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

Here at ACTA, we often lament all the things college students don’t know. But this HuffPo article shows that when it comes to identifying those most responsible for the student loan crisis, young people...

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