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.

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.

The Sovereignty of Truth

October 2007 by Gertrude Himmelfarb |

Remarks by professor Gertrude Himmelfarb's upon accepting the third annual Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education presented in Arlington, VA with an introduction from her son William Kristol.

The Spellings Commission

What Council Members and Trustees Can Do in Light of the Report's Recommendations
October 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA policy director Phyllis Palmiero addresses the Association of Council Members and College Trustees of the State University of New York at their annual Fall Conference.

Higher Education Accreditation

Evaluating the System and Possible Alternatives
September 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal speaks on accreditation at an AEI conference.

Testimony before the Georgia House of Representatives

April 2007 by Charles Mitchell |

ACTA program director Charles Mitchell provides expert testimony on intellectual diversity to the Higher Education Committee at the State Capitol in Atlanta. Video of the hearing is available.

Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education

March 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal moderates a panel at a conference on the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, organized by ACTA and the Center for Campus Affordability and Productivity, with a keynote address by the Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Audio and video of the conference are available upon request.

Testimony before the Montana House of Representatives

February 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal provides expert testimony on intellectual diversity to the Education Committee. The Montana legislature is considering House Bill 525, which aims to ensure the free exchange of ideas at the state's public univerisities.

Testimony before the Missouri House of Representatives

February 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal presents expert testimony on intellectional diversity to the Higher Education Committee at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Debate at Montana University

February 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne Neal participates in an informal debate with AAUP general secretary Roger Bown on academic freedom and academic responsibility. The event is sponsored by the University of Montana and The Montana Professor, an academic journal.

Reforming Higher Education’s Hollow Core

January 2007 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal, along with SUNY trustee Candace de Russy, and University of Pennsylvania English professor and ACTA blogger Erin O'Connor, participate on a panel at the American Association of Colleges and Universities annual meeting in New Orleans.

Strengthening HBCU Governance

November 2006 by Phyllis Palmiero |

ACTA policy director Phyllis Palmiero speaks at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference "Looking Beyond the Challenges, Finding Solutions," sponsored by Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS.

Governing Boards: Raising Consciousness

November 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal chairs a panel on trustee leadership at the National Association of Scholars' annual meeting in Cambridge, MA.

Greatness in a Democratic Education

October 2006 by Harvey C. Mansfield |

Remarks by Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield upon accepting the 2006 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, with an introduction by Paul A. Cantor.

The Wired by Disconnected Generation

How the Academy is Failing to Prepare the Next Generation for Leadership in Global Times
October 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal delivers inaugural speech at the Foreign Policy Association in the association's William K. Tell Lecture Series. Speech available upon request.

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