ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

What Will They Learn? 2011-12

A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities

October 2011 by ACTA

ACTA has expanded its groundbreaking analysis of college curricula, What Will They Learn?, in response to the single most common demand: review more schools! The 2011-12 expansion to over 1,000 schools demonstrates that although some American colleges ensure their graduates have a strong general education, many American colleges have dumbed down their requirements. The report and the companion website, WhatWillTheyLearn.com, detail whether each school requires literature, U.S. government or history, foreign language, mathematics, economics, science, and composition. ACTA assigns each school a letter grade, and notes explain the grades assigned and noteworthy programs within schools. Developed in response to the inadequacy of existing college rankings and guides, What Will They Learn? is the only resource that reviews college curricula comprehensively to answer the first question that parents, guidance counselors, and trustees should ask about high school graduates going to school: what will they learn?


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

What Will They Learn?™ evaluates over 1,000 institutions, from large public universities to small private colleges. The study evaluates every four-year public university with a stated liberal arts mission as well as hundreds of private colleges and universities selected on the basis of size, mission, and regional representation. Continue Reading>>

Press

Our unprepared graduates

Washington Post
September 30, 2011 by Kathleen Parker |

Jobs, jobs, jobs, we keep hearing. But for whom, whom, whom?

Certainly not for the many young Americans being graduated from colleges that have prepared them inadequately for the competitive… Continue Reading >>

19 Colleges That Make You Think

CBS Moneywatch
September 1, 2011 by Lynn O'Shaughnessy |

Many college students today can easily skip the kind of classes that can truly make them stretch and think and give them a broad base of knowledge that will help them succeed in the world.

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