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.

Speeches & Testimony

For over 15 years, ACTA has provided its expert knowledge of higher education to trustees and policymakers across the country.

Academic Leadership and the Challenges Facing Higher Education

July 2012 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's presentation for the ACTA-Aspen trustee seminar hosted at George Washington's Mount Vernon. 

Habits of application, of order, and the love of virtue

The UVa Issue
June 2012 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's presentation discussing the UVa decisions for a panel hosted at the Hudson Institute.

National Trends in Higher Education

May 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal speaks at one-day trustee conference in Seattle, "From Business to Boardroom: Addressing Issues of Quality and Cost," co-sponsored by the Gates and Bruce & Jolene McCaw Family Foundations.

Alternative to NACIQI Draft Final Report

April 2012 by Anne D. Neal &by Arthur Rothkopf |

ACTA's president Anne D. Neal and president emeritus of Lafayette College Arthur Rothkopf submit an alternative to the draft final report of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say?

March 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA's president Anne D. Neal delivers this presentation at the College of William and Mary to a crowd of students, faculty, alumni and donors.

Credentialed but Uneducated

March 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA's president Anne D. Neal gives a presentation to the Loblolly Club of Florida.

Letter to University of North Carolina Board of Governors

February 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal sends a letter to the UNC Board of Governors concerning the Board's proposal to increase tuition for the UNC system.

Honoring George Washington’s Legacy

Does America Need a Reminder?
February 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA"s president Anne D. Neal provides expert testimony to the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rethinking Accreditation

December 2011 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal gives a presentation to the "Law Innovation and Growth: Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Retreat," hosted by KAUFFMAN The Foundation of Entrepreneurship.

The Core Matters

The Heart of Academic Excellence
November 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's remarks at the 2011 ATHENA Roundtable hosted by ACTA.

ATHENA 2011 Interview with Larry Summers

November 2011 by Lawrence Summers |

Washington Post's Daniel de Vise interviews Larry Summers at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs for ACTA's 2011 ATHENA conference.

On Teaching History and History Teaching

November 2011 by David McCullough |

Remarks by historian David McCullough upon accepting the 2011 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, with tributes from Jay Walker, Daniel P. Jordan, Brent D. Glass, and Richard Norton Smith.

Unacceptable Outcomes: A Call to Action

October 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's remarks at the 2011 ALEC Academy for Legislators.

The Core Curriculum and the Pursuit of Academic Excellence

October 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's remarks at the 2011 panel discussion sponsored by the Society for the College of William and Mary.

Testimony before Texas Higher Education Oversight Committee

September 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's testimony before the Texas Higher Education Oversight Committee.

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