May 7, 2015
BELLEVUE, Wash., May 7, 2005— The Heritage Foundation, a leading national think tank, today presented its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). The $25,000 prize was given in recognition of ACTA’s “What Will They Learn” project, which seeks to restore rigorous academic standards in higher education.
“What Will They Learn” evaluates the requirements of nearly 1,100 American colleges and universities in seven core subjects: expository writing, literature, intermediate-level foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural science. ACTA then publishes the results to give prospective students and the general public a clear measure of each school’s commitment to a sound and thorough undergraduate education.
ACTA President Anne Neal received the award at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The ceremony came during this week’s Resource Bank meeting, an annual gathering of more than 400 conservative academics, policy analysts and policymakers from around the world.
In presenting the award, David Azerrad, director of Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, praised the group’s approach to improving liberal arts education in the United States.
“The crisis of American higher education would be far deeper were it not for ACTA’s willingness to challenge low academic standards,” he said. “Working directly with the concerned alumni, trustees and educators, ACTA is helping ensure that our colleges and universities produce graduates who are ready to enter the workforce and to become engaged, informed citizens.”
The prize is named for entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Salvatori. Heritage presents the award annually to an individual or organization that is dedicated to upholding the principles of the American Founding, embodies the virtues of character and mind that animated America’s Founders and exemplifies the spirit of independent and entrepreneurial citizenship in the United States.