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NATIONAL REVIEW   |  March 6, 2008 by Candace de Russy

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has just issued a report card, Shining the Light, on the performance of the University System of Georgia. Take a look at USG’s performance in the key areas graded by ACTA with a “passing” (P) or “failing” (F) mark:

General Education: P

Intellectual Diversity: F

Board Structure & Transparency: P

Board Accomplishments: F

Cost & Effectiveness: F

One aspect of this analysis struck me as particularly appropriate. In evaluating USG’s general education requirements, ACTA excluded from consideration “narrow, esoteric or single author courses,” i.e., it not only looked at what core courses are required but also at their breadth and richness.

It is to be hoped that ACTA moves on to grade many more of our public–and private–universities.


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