American Council of Trustees and Alumni

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The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is a non-profit organization with the aim of ensuring non-biased or ideologically-charged Liberal Arts education at public and private higher educational institutions across the United States. It was founded in 1995 with Dr. Jerry L. Martin, a former Philosophy professor at the University of Colorado (Boulder) as its first President.

The organization works with various higher education stakeholders, including alumni, donors, trustees and faculty, with focus on the quality of education and research at universities. The current President of ACTA is Robert T. Lewit, M.D.

ACTA and The Ward Churchill Case

Former ACTA President Anne D. Neal was interviewed regarding the views of that organization as to whether a violation of free speech had occurred in the case of Ward Churchill, a University of Colorado professor of Ethnic Studies accused and later found guilty of academic misconduct and classroom activism. She confirmed that the Churchill affair was only part of a larger problematic trend of political extremism and pseudo-academic scholarship at universities around the country.[1] The organization had published an official report entitled How Many Ward Churchills? in 2006.


  1. Interview with ACTA President Anne D. Neal (Petri), 2007. How Many Ward Churchills?

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