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.

Videos

In addition to its extensive library of printed materials for trustees, alumni, policymakers, students, and parents, ACTA offers a series of videos and podcasts on topics of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability.

University Culture Must Change—and That Change Must Start At the Top

November 2019 |

Wallace Hall, Regent at the University of Texas, courageously flagged admissions corruption and malfeasance in the system as far back as 2011.… Watch the Video >>

The Present Danger at our Leading Universities: What is to be Done?

November 2019 |

This inspiring speech was delivered by Judge José A. Cabranes, upon accepting ACTA's Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions… Watch the Video >>

Samuel Abrams: College Administrators Challenge Free Speech and Open Discourse

October 2019 |

Samuel Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, underlines the problems of administrative bloat and threats to free expression… Watch the Video >>

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Receives 2018 Philip Merrill Award

November 2018 |

Purdue President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. received the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. Under his leadership, Purdue… Watch the Video >>

Paul Levy Honored for Excellence in College Trusteeship

November 2018 |

ACTA presented the Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in College Trusteeship to Paul S. Levy, a former trustee at the University of Pennsylvania, for his steadfast… Watch the Video >>

Paul Levy Interview: A Resolute Stand on Free Expression

October 2018 |

In April 2018, Paul S. Levy resigned as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and as an overseer of its law school, to protest the University’s… Watch the Video >>

Hank Brown: Viewpoint Diversity is Essential for Democracy

August 2018 |

Hank Brown, former U.S. Senator and past president of the University of Colorado, shares why a robust and open exchange of opinions is crucial on college campuses.

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Hank Brown: The Student Loan System is Broken

August 2018 |

Hank Brown, former U.S. Senator and past president of the University of Colorado, speaks with ACTA about skyrocketing student debt and Congress's failure… Watch the Video >>

Hank Brown: Informed Citizenship Starts with Curriculum

August 2018 |

Hank Brown, former U.S. Senator and past president of the University of Colorado, speaks with ACTA on the importance of college curricula in shaping students… Watch the Video >>

Preparing to Join a College Board of Trustees

April 2018 by ACTA |

This is the first episode in a series of videos highlighting insights and best practices for college and university trustees. In this video, three distinguished… Watch the Video >>

Liberal Arts, Free Expression, and the Demosthenes-Feynman Trap

November 2017 by ACTA |

Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, is the recipient of the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.… Watch the Video >>

Tributes to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer

November 2017 by ACTA |

New York Times columnist, Bret Stephens; Columbia University professor and provost emeritus, Jonathan R. Cole; and philanthropist and business leader,… Watch the Video >>

ATHENA Roundtable 2017

November 2017 by ACTA |

Higher education leaders, scholars, policy experts, and concerned trustees and alumni congregated on October 20, 2017 to discuss the latest developments… Watch the Video >>

Preserving the Values of the West

October 2016 |

Ayaan Hirsi Ali accepted the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.

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ATHENA Roundtable 2016

October 2016 |

KC Johnson, professor of history, Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center; Wilfred McClay, professor of history, University of Oklahoma;… Watch the Video >>

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