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Too Many Colleges Let Students Down on Quality of Education, Group Says

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION   |  October 23, 2013 by Charles Huckabee

Too many colleges are letting students down by failing to provide a quality four-year liberal-arts education in an environment that does not stifle students’ freedom of speech, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni says in a news release describing the findings of the 2013-14 edition of its “What Will They Learn?” report.

For the report, the traditionalist group graded the curricula of 1,091 colleges and universities on whether they required courses in seven subjects that the council says are essential to a liberal-arts education: literature, composition, economics, mathematics, intermediate-level foreign language, science, and U.S. government and history. Only 22 institutions got an A for requiring at least six of those subjects.

More details of the report’s findings are available on the What Will They Learn? Web site.


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