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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: Dead Languages: Is Higher Education Ignoring Foreign Language Requirements?

August 14, 2017 by Devon Landis |

Fewer and fewer colleges are requiring a full liberal arts core curriculum as part of their general education requirements. Still, many students are required to take writing, literature, and history classes… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Military Colleges Make the Grade on General Education

August 10, 2017 by Adam Niehoff |

American military colleges produce disciplined leaders that are prepared for national service in one of the four American service branches. Often these institutions are extremely selective and require letters… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Want Heightened Sensitivity on College Campuses? Reintroduce a Core Curriculum

August 26, 2016 by Nayeli Riano |

In recent years, college campuses have been riven by controversies: literature purges, campus Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Misdirected Demand for Transparency Imperils Religious Liberty in Education

August 4, 2016 by Margaret Youngblood |

Under newly proposed modifications to SB 1146, which have passed the state Senate and are… 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 >>

America Has to Stop Paying Lip Service to STEM

December 15, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Peruse any news or education policy site today, regardless of its political bias, and you'll hear a common narrative: the U.S. is not preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs. Almost anyone… Continue Reading >>

What Are Students Learning? Sadly, Not Much …

October 15, 2014 by ACTA|

What are students getting from America’s colleges and universities for the tens of thousands of dollars they are paying in tuition? Certainly not a real liberal arts education.

Today, ACTA… 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 >>

It’s Time for NIU to Restore the Core

May 19, 2014 by Avi Snyder|

"Waste.” “Boring.” “Pointless.”

According to a recent survey, those are the words… 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 >>

Skidmore Offers Course on Sociology of Miley Cyrus

March 31, 2014 by Avi Snyder|

A new generation of pop stars has arisen, and with it come more college classes that seem to turn higher education into a parody of itself.

In our most recent What… Continue Reading >>

Purdue, Du Bois, and Freshman Comp

March 18, 2014 by William Gonch|

Get ready for your wonky-but-important factoid of the day: Purdue University in Indiana has Continue Reading >>

WWTL?™ Rollout Begins with School-by-School Release of Findings!

March 12, 2014 by ACTA|

For five years, ACTA has been evaluating the curricula of America's colleges and universities through our What Will They Learn?™ project. In the past, we have released What Will They Learn?™… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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Teach the Constitution

The Hill, Timothy S. Huebner

Colleges Offering Tuition Price Match

Wall Street Journal, Melissa Korn

Free Speech’s Worst Enemies Aren’t Who You’d Expect

The Washington Post, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Valuable Advice for First-Time Trustees

Wall Street Journal, Allen C. Guelzo

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