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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.

What’s Hot in Higher Ed 4/12/19

April 12, 2019 by Erik Gross

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Abandons Controversial Plan to Cut Liberal Arts Majors

This fall, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point became an exemplar of the ongoing decline of liberal education when the University announced that it would be cutting several liberal arts majors, including history, philosophy, sociology, political science, and some foreign languages. Champions of the liberal arts, both in Wisconsin and nationally, bemoaned the reduction of traditional disciplines, to be replaced by more career training programs. Just this week, however, Chancellor Bernie Patterson announced that the University would not be moving forward with its controversial plan, having found other ways to cut costs. For the full article, click here >>

Society of Jesus Severs ties with Wheeling Jesuit University

The Society of Jesus has stated that it will be cutting ties with Wheeling Jesuit University following the University’s decision to lay off faculty and cut core academic programs such as philosophy and theology due to financial constraints. Now that the University has cut key programs and lost its religious affiliation, Wheeling Jesuit’s future is uncertain. ACTA hopes the University is able to fix its current woes and return to its mission of providing a robust liberal education at an affordable price. For the full article, click here >> 

Study finds that College Graduates Desire Purpose

A collaborative study by Bates College and Gallup found that college students desire “purpose,” as well as a comfortable salary, in their careers, although they do not always find it. While 95% of recent college graduates said that purpose was important to their career choice, only 40% of those respondents said that they had found it. There is a perception among college leadership that professional purpose is more important to young people than in previous years. Bates College President A. Clayton Spencer noted, “This ‘purpose gap’ is a glaring problem for the younger work force, as millennials place a higher priority on purpose in their lives than previous generations, and they look to work more than other sources to find it.” Higher education leadership plays an important role in launching young people into meaningful careers, and must respond to the challenge. For the full article, click here >> 

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