WASHINGTON D.C.—The nation’s capital is home to important universities, but these institutions have lax academic requirements. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) annual report What Will They Learn? shows that the universities of one of the most educated cities in the country allow students to graduate with vast gaps in their skills and knowledge. ACTA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to academic excellence, academic freedom and accountability in higher education.
What Will They Learn? evaluates 1,100 public and private liberal arts colleges and universities based on their requirement of seven core subjects: composition, literature, intermediate-level foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, math and science. Schools are issued a grade from “A” to “F.”
Ironically, not a single university in the nation’s capital requires a course in U.S. history or government.
Meanwhile, tuition rates continue to climb even as President Obama and the Department of Education hold a national discussion about the rising costs of college and the quality of higher education in America. Every single school in D.C. raised tuition this year.
*Change in tuition reflects in-state/out-of-state tuition for the 2013–14 school year. Information reflects most recently collected public data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
To see the full D.C. report card, visit www.whatwilltheylearn.com.
Director of Communications
American Council of Trustees and Alumni