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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 >>
Throughout his tenure at the helm of Purdue University, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. has reinvigorated the University and has cemented its stature as a world-leading public research institution. Moreover, thanks to President… Continue Reading >>
ACTA President Michael Poliakoff responded to a recent article that disputed the claims of a campus crisis. A 2016 Gallup survey revealed that over 25% of college students believe that censoring speech is appropriate if the views “are… Continue Reading >>
The House Education and Workforce Committee’s new Higher Education Act Reauthorization adopts several important policies that ACTA believes may increase academic accountability. ACTA President Dr. Michael Poliakoff offered his thoughts… Continue Reading >>