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? 2013-14

October 2013 by ACTA

ACTA’s fifth edition of What Will They Learn?™ highlights the tremendous disconnect between perception and reality at America’s colleges and universities on issues of cost, curriculum, speech codes and graduation rates. This year’s study showcased 22 institutions that garner an “A” grade for strength of curriculum, but also found a four-year grad rate of just 40% among the 1,091 institutions studied. ACTA expanded the study by partnering with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to include speech code ratings on hundreds of universities. 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.


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 in higher education that students, families, and taxpayers make. 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>>

Video: College in Crisis: What's Wrong with Higher Education?

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 alumnus should know.The quality of education is going down, but tuition costs are going way up! How does your school fare? Watch the Video>>

Press

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… Continue Reading >>

How to Grade Colleges

Kiplinger's
October 28, 2013 by Janet Bodnar |

Beginning in 1999, Kiplinger’s has published the best values in private colleges and universities. This year, our lists take on special significance. President Obama recently proposed… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on College Smart Radio

College Smart Radio
October 28, 2013 by |

Host Beatrice Schultz interviewed ACTA's vice presidentof policy, Michael Poliakoff, about the recently released 2013-14 edition of What Will They Learn?. Listen to the whole interview… Continue Reading >>