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Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, joins ACTA’s Erik Gross to discuss… Continue Reading >>
When Georgia Tech’s longtime president G.P “Bud” Peterson announced his resignation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tapped ACTA president Michael Poliakoff for insights into the University’s upcoming presidential… Continue Reading >>
The University of Oklahoma–Norman recently announced that it will cut 50 faculty and staff positions to address a $15 million budget deficit. ACTA’s Elliott Cole published an article in The Oklahoman to highlight the University’s… Continue Reading >>
Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute visited ACTA to survey the landscape of accreditation, a higher ed accountability system that distributes over $120 billion in federal funds to America’s colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>
The University of Minnesota has started conducting its search for a new president. ACTA President Michael Poliakoff shared best practices for how a presidential search should be undertaken, including ensuring that the board of trustees is… Continue Reading >>
America’s colleges and universities continue to grapple with protecting freedom of expression on their campuses. Drawing on two decades of college governance expertise, our concise new guide by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm provides… Continue Reading >>
In The Atlantic, ACTA’s Michael Poliakoff and Armand Alacbay were quoted extensively on the accountability structure among the leadership at Michigan State University (MSU). Since the explosive Larry Nassar abuse scandal, the… Continue Reading >>
On September 18, ACTA hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, aimed at exploring issues of higher education accreditation. The discussion revolved around a recent publication… Continue Reading >>
ACTA President Michael Poliakoff accepted an invitation from Jared Kushner and Brooke Rollins, senior advisers to President Trump, to discuss possible reforms of America’s higher education system. Dr. Poliakoff aired his concerns over… Continue Reading >>
It was recently revealed that Michigan State University covers the cost for its governing board members to travel with the University’s athletic teams—a perk that is not extended by its peer institutions, and… Continue Reading >>
The Higher Learning Commission—a powerful regional accreditor—recently issued a draft proposal that blazed the doors open for overreach into the intellectual and religious liberty of higher education institutions across the country.… Continue Reading >>
In a recent letter to the trustees of Evergreen State College, ACTA asserted that inaction after disruptive student behavior will have serious consequences. We urged the Board to guide the University toward adopting the Chicago Principles… Continue Reading >>
After the president of Augustana College criticized our most recent free speech publication, Building a Campus Culture of Free Expression on the American College Campus: Challenges & Solutions, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff,… Continue Reading >>
After revelations of multiple scandals at USC, including sexual abuse by one of its gynecologists, the institution’s leadership faced enormous pressure and its president has just stepped down. ACTA President Michael Poliakoff spoke… Continue Reading >>