ON-Lion Letter

In June, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington, D.C., launched a new online directory of "Oases of Excellence," specific programs at colleges and universities across the country that promote the study of American history, Western civilization, political theory, economics, leadership, and the Great Books.  ACTA’s directory features more than 50 programs at a wide range of institutions and will serve as an invaluable resource for reform-minded alumni and donors.

Many alumni and donors seek to influence colleges and universities through donations to institutions’ general operating funds.  But these funds too often end up underwriting the unacceptable status quo of curricular mediocrity and political correctness on campus. 

That is why ACTA has long encouraged donors to support Oases of Excellence that fight back against prevailing campus orthodoxy.  In the past, ACTA has periodically featured individual programs in its newsletters and published guides.  Now, alumni and donors will have a single, comprehensive database where they can learn about the wonderful work these "Oases" do.

“These programs are an effective way to change the culture of the academy from the inside,” according to ACTA president Anne Neal.  “Instead of blindly writing checks, it is time donors target their giving to initiatives that provide students with a broad-based education in foundational texts and ideas.”

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports ACTA.  The new online directory was made possible by support from John R. Wilson.

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