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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 uprisings, “Freedom Budgets,” and more. Increasingly, administrators have turned to sensitivity training as a...

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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 under consideration by the state Assembly, California courts would be able to force religious schools to adopt...

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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...

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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 with a...

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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 released...

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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 of nibs. As we recalled this important moment in our history...

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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 Northern Illinois University students used to describe their general education classes. Overall, only eight percent of...

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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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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 Will They Learn?™, we highlighted...

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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 stopped allowing students to test out of freshman comp through SAT scores, earning the school English...

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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?™ in one fell...

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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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Debating the Humanities

October 30, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

It is fitting that the release of ACTA’s 2013-14 What Will They Learn? guide has been accompanied by several news stories that touch on the importance of studying the liberal arts.

First, an October...

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Scientific Literacy Survey Shows Mixed Results

October 28, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

What is smaller, an electron or an atom?

What resource is extracted in fracking?

Do these sound like easy questions to you? Well, they aren’t so easy for a great many Americans. A recent survey of...

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ACTA Releases Newest Edition of What Will They Learn? Guide

October 23, 2013 by ACTA |

Today, ACTA released the 2013-2014 edition of What Will They Learn?, which highlights the tremendous disconnect between perception and reality in higher education. Americans may expect colleges to...

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