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? 2015-16

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

October 2015 by ACTA

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the sixth edition of the What Will They Learn? ratings. At a time when 87% of employers believe that our colleges must raise the quality of students' educations in order for the United States to remain competitive globally, and four in five Americans say they believe all graduates should have to take the key courses outlined in the study, few colleges require a real liberal arts education. 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 a very big part of the American Dream. It has long been recognized as the pathway to prosperity for both the individual and the nation. Access to a high quality, affordable college degree is, not surprisingly, a topic of intense interest in the lead-up to the coming presidential election. But so too is a quite different value proposition not often asked in the past: Is college worth it? Continue Reading>>

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni Vice President of Policy Michael Poliakoff on What Will They Learn?, a new college rating focused on core curriculum. Photo credit: Getty Images.

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