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"Reflections on purpose: the need for change in core curriculum and accreditation" is a podcast with Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Neal discusses the lack of emphasis on civic learning within institutions’ curricula and comments on ACTA’s advocacy work to restore knowledge of U.S. History, Civics and the Constitution as a focus of higher education. Neal also comments on accreditation’s role in quality assurance of higher education and ACTA’s view that accreditation has strayed from its original purpose, has become less effective and should no longer be a gatekeeper for federal student aid programs. Neal also offers suggestions for how accrediting organizations might restructure to intrude less on institutional governance.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Copyright © 2014 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

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ACTA’s focus on academic freedom, excellence (1:28)

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ACTA’s Advocacy Work (1:00)

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ACTA’s position on Civic Learning (1:18)

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Post HEA changes to Civic Learning Curricula (1:41)

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Education by Adding Machine and Knowledge Gaps (4:53)

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ACTA v. AAC & U on Civic Learning (2:00)

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Does Accreditation Undermine Higher Ed Quality? (2:36)

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Thoughts on Current Accreditation Reform (3:28)

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Alternative approaches to Regional Accreditation (1:53)

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Gatekeeping Alternatives to Accreditation (2:01)

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Thoughts on Universal National Standards (:58)

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Department of Education Proposed Ratings (1:46)

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If Accreditation Were Truly Voluntary (2:03)

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Quality Overtaken by Federal Regulation (1:15)

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Federal Aid tied to Outcomes Measures (:41)

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Accreditation and Core Curriculum (:53)

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Education Institutions in Anne’s Crystal Ball (1:45)

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Information about ACTA Studies and Reports (2:37)

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Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (13:26)