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.

The Role of the Trustee in Ensuring Student Success

September 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's remarks at the 2011 Indiana Trustees Academy panel discussion.

Sticking to the Mission

Some Thoughts for Tarheel Trustees
August 2011 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal gives a presentation to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Return of ROTC

June 2011 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff's remarks for the American Association of University Professors. Poliakoff calls on all university constituents to embrace ROTC as a student activity.

Lessons of the CUNY Transformation

January 2011 |

Remarks by City University of New York Board of Trustees chairman Benno Schmidt upon accepting the 2010 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education. Tributes given by Colin Powell, Floyd Abrams, and Mathew Goldstein.

Trustees, ROTC, and the University

October 2010 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal speaks at the Service & Society Conference at Columbia University, calling on trustees to recognize ROTC as student activity.

Trustees as Partners in Fiscal Stewardship

August 2010 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal's presentation before trustees of Indiana's public universities on how trustees must find ways to use resources more effectively.

How Louisiana Can Revitalize Public Higher Education

December 2009 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal provides expert testimony to the Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission.

The Obligations of Citizenship

November 2009 by Robert 'KC' Johnson |

Remarks by Robert David "KC" Johnson, professor of history at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, upon accepting the fifth annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, with tributes from Paula Sutter Fichtner and Margaret L. King.

The SUNY Core Curriculum in Context

Delivered at the SUNY 60th Anniversary Conference
April 2009 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal participates in a panel discussion about the State University of New York's core curriculum at a conference celebrating SUNY's 60th anniversary.

Intellectual and Ideological Diversity in the American University

November 2008 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne Neal participates in a moderated discussion on intellectual and ideological diversity with Penn State University professor Michael Bérubé at the annual convention of the National Communication Association. Click here for audio.

Always be Freshmen

October 2008 by Donald Kagan |

Remarks by Yale professor Donald Kagan upon accepting the fourth annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education with an introduction by the Honorable Jose A. Cabranes.

The Future of Accreditation

October 2008 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal discusses some of the prevailing problems of accreditation and focuses on ways we can improve the accreditation process.

Challenges Facing Higher Education

Outcomes and Accountability
August 2008 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal discusses higher education's greatest challenges at the Rotary Club in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Higher Ed Governance: Stewardship or Sham?

April 2008 by Anne D. Neal |

AEI director of education policy studies Frederick M. Hess and ACTA president Anne D. Neal host a conference to discuss developments in light of Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Audio and/or video are available upon request.

Reforming the Politically Correct University

November 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal speaks at an AEI conference on the role of alumni and trustees.

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