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.

Testimony before NACIQI at U.S. Department of Education

June 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal testifies before NACIQI on the "dispositions" evaluations encouraged by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Testimony before U.S. Higher Education Commission

April 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal testifies before U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Best Practices in University Governance

March 2006 by Phyllis Palmiero |

Phyllis Palmiero, director of ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance, participates in a roundtable discussion on nonprofit and higher education governance sponsored by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Ensuring Quality Trusteeship in Higher Education

March 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne Neal participates in a roundtable discussion on nonprofit and higher education governance sponsored by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Why Outside Input is Important

Academic Freedom in the 21st Century
March 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal addresses an academic freedom conference sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center.

Testimony before the South Dakota House Education Committee

February 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal provides expert testimony before the South Dakota House Committee on Education regarding House Bill 1222, a bill requiring higher education institutions to report annually on concrete steps taken to ensure the free exchange of ideas on campus. Testimony available upon request.

Testimony before Pennsylvania House of Representatives

January 2006 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal appears before the Select Committee on Academic Freedom in Higher Education of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, documenting politicization of the classroom.

Freedom for Excellence

October 2005 by Robert P. George |

Remarks of professor Robert George, Princeton professor and founder of the James Madison Program, upon receiving the inaugural Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.

Political Pressure in the Classroom

February 2005 by Anne D. Neal |

At AEI panel discussion, "A 'Liberal' Education? The Effects of Ideology in the Classroom," ACTA president Anne D. Neal presents student survey results that reveal political pressure in the college classroom and the intellectual intolerance of faculty.

Testimony before Subcommittee of U.S. House Education and the Worfkorce Committee

June 2004 by Jerry L. Martin |

ACTA chairman Jerry L. Martin is a key witness at the hearing on H.R. 4283, the College Access and Opportunity Act: "Does Accreditation Provide Students and Parents Accountability and Quality?"

Is Intellectual Diversity an Endangered Species on Campus?

October 2003 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal presents expert testimony on intellectual diversity before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. Robert "KC" Johnson, professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, also spoke before the Committee.

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