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? 2012-13

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

October 2012 by ACTA

ACTA releases What Will They Learn? 2012-13, the fourth edition, evaluating the general education requirements at 1,070 colleges and universities. Unlike other college rankings, ACTA does not consider an institution’s wealth, prestige, or popularity. Rather, ACTA rates institutions on what core of courses all students in a school’s B.A. and B.S. degree programs are required to take. 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. What Will They Learn? strives to answer the first question that parents, guidance counselors, and trustees should ask about high school graduates going to college: what will they learn?


Selected Findings

Executive Summary

A college education is rightly part of the American Dream. It is seen as the ticket to success in career and community, a credential that repays the investment of time and money that students, families, and taxpayers make in higher education. It is a major goal for our nation, too, which depends on an educated workforce and educated citizenry. But what does a college degree actually mean? Continue Reading>>

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This video synopsis of the What Will They Learn? study of core curricula at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country reveals information every student, parent, or alumus should know. Watch the Video>>

Press

History Literacy Failing Among American Students

Huffington Post
October 11, 2012 by |

A recent study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni titled "What Will They Learn?" graded 1,070 colleges and universities on the strength of… Continue Reading >>

National study ranks Colorado Christian in top 2% of colleges

Denver Post
October 11, 2012 by Z.J. Czupor |

Colorado Christian University (CCU) learned today its College of Undergraduate Studies has been ranked in the top two percent of colleges nationwide by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

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