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.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA's 20th Anniversary Gala

October 16, 2015 | All Day

National Geographic Society, Washington, DC

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is turning 20, and on Friday, October 16th, at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, we will celebrate two decades of success in promoting academic freedom and excellence.

ACTA’s 20th Anniversary Gala will feature a discussion by top civic and education leaders followed by a cocktail reception and special dinner where we will present the 2015 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.

1:00-3:00pm
CLASS OF 2040: What Will They Learn and At What Cost?

National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
A dynamic discussion, highlighting diverse perspectives, will examine the future of American higher education. ACTA has long brought together thought leaders across education, philanthropy, and media to advance bold ideas and actions to transform and enhance higher education. This year, we’ve gathered together speakers with a vision for the future of higher education who are advancing ACTA’s long-term goals of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability. Speakers will include David McCullough, Mitch Daniels, Richard Arum, and Tom McMillen. 
Registration for the panel is complimentary, but required for admission as seating is limited.

6:30pm
Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation

National Geographic Dining Room
ACTA’s 20th Anniversary Gala will culminate in a cocktail hour, dinner, and celebration. The event will feature the screening of a compelling and engaging video looking back on our work and looking toward ACTA’s continued leadership in higher education reform. We will also present the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education to Hank Brown, a tireless champion of high academic standards, academic freedom, and integrity in college governance. He has stood firmly for these principles as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator, and as president of both the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado.. The Merrill Award is named in honor of Philip Merrill, who tirelessly supported and affirmed the importance of academic excellence and a common core of learning in a free society.

Attire: Blacktie