Speeches & Testimony

Reclaiming Excellence

January 21, 2016 by Hank Brown Download PDF Press Release

Upon accepting the 2015 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education,The Honorable Hank Brown—former U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and president emeritus of the University of Colorado—focused on the importance of a solid core curriculum, rigorous assessment, honest grading standards, and intellectual diversity in higher education. The award was presented on October 16, 2015 at ACTA’s 20th Anniversary celebration.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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