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What Will They Learn? Preparing Students for the 21st Century Marketplace

December 4, 2018 by Elliott Cole, Megan Riethmiller, Michael B. Poliakoff, and Nathaniel Urban

Now in its 10th year, What Will They Learn is one of ACTA’s most courageous and groundbreaking initiatives. It takes a penetrating look at more than 1,100 colleges and universities, grading how effective they are in delivering a comprehensive liberal arts education that equips students to succeed in the global marketplace and civic life. Listen in as Elliott Cole engages program leaders Megan Riethmiller and Nathaniel Urban, along with ACTA’s president Michael Poliakoff, to examine how What Will They Learn cuts through the dense verbiage of course catalogs and boldly shows what really matters in higher education.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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