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

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

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Literary Fiction Improves Social Skills

October 11, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

At a time when STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) skills are in high demand, and jobs in those fields promise the highest salaries, it can be a challenge to defend the practical worth… Continue Reading >>

University, Edited? These Schools Do It

August 14, 2013 by William Gonch|

At Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim asks what universities would look like if they adopted the “small… Continue Reading >>

Academic Excellence Means a Truly Liberal Education

July 15, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

What does it take to succeed in a 21st century economy? A graduate degree? Social media savvy? STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills?

All those things are certainly important and… Continue Reading >>

Foreign Language and the Training of Future Physicians

March 8, 2013 by Michael Poliakoff|

For years, the premedical curriculum had the reputation of grim, tunnel-visioned professionalism. The great scientist and physician Lewis Thomas complained bitterly about it in his 1979 essay, “How… Continue Reading >>

University of Georgia President Cites ACTA on Academic Excellence

January 31, 2013 by William Gonch|

The University of Georgia has become the latest university to herald ACTA’s What Will They Learn? project.  In his 2013 “State of the University” address this week, UGA president… Continue Reading >>

Advocating Liberal Arts in the NYTimes

December 20, 2012 by William Gonch|

Should students be "nudged" towards STEM fields? Perhaps—but schools should also ensure that students receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts. Here is ACTA president Anne Neal, writing in the… Continue Reading >>

Putting Higher Education Budget Cuts in Perspective in the Granite State

October 18, 2012 by Tom Bako|

The U.S. currently spends more than twice the per student average on higher education of any industrialized nation, with far inferior results. Is more money the answer?

That's a debate going… Continue Reading >>

It’s Time to ACT, Not Gamble with Our Future

August 23, 2011 by Daniel Burnett|

A 1 in 4 chance in a Las Vegas casino is risky. But when that 1 in 4 represents the class of 2011 high school graduates who met key benchmarks to prepare them for college, we're gambling with something… Continue Reading >>

Sewanee!

May 31, 2011 by Michael Pomeranz|

Ed Williamson, a former trustee of the University of the South ("Sewanee"), mentions ACTA in his Washington Examiner Continue Reading >>

WhatWillTheyLearn.com Reaches New Milestone

February 4, 2011 by Tom Bako|

WhatWillTheyLearn.com, our free college resource guide that evaluates the general education programs of nearly 750 colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Information, Please

December 10, 2009 by David Azerrad|

Education Sector's Kevin Carey has an excellent article on the "near-total lack of useful information about teaching and learning" at American colleges and universities in the latest issue of Continue Reading >>

Core Considerations

October 27, 2009 by David Azerrad|

The Sunday edition of the Daytona Beach News-Journal featured an interview with… Continue Reading >>

Elusive Answers to a Simple Question

October 7, 2009 by David Azerrad|

The Cato Institute hosted a panel yesterday entitled "Taking Control of Spiraling College Costs" that featured Cato's Neal McCluskey,… Continue Reading >>

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Opinion: Great Books for a Brainwashing

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Has College Gotten Too Easy?

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The Consequences of the Government Shutdown for Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson 

College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

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