ON-Lion Letter
Anne D. Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington, D.C., was appointed to the newly reconstituted National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) in February.  NACIQI makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education regarding the fitness of higher-education accrediting bodies, without whose seal of approval colleges and universities cannot receive federal funds.

Neal previously served on NACIQI from 2007 to 2008, when its composition was changed by the Higher Education Opportunity Act.  It is now an 18-member committee appointed equally by the Secretary of Education, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.  Neal's is a Senate appointment.

ACTA has long been outspoken about the need to overhaul the federal accreditation system, arguing that the current system has not been a reliable guarantor of educational quality.  In 2007, for instance, ACTA published a policy paper, Why Accreditation Doesn't Work and What Policymakers Can Do About It, outlining several ways in which to fix the deficient accreditation system.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ACTA.
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