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What Will They Learn? 2009

A Report on General Education Requirements at 100 of the Nation's Leading Colleges and Universities
August 1, 2009 by ACTA Download PDF Press Release

This study reveals that while most colleges continue to endorse the importance of a solid general education program, many have abandoned such programs in favor of a loose set of distribution requirements. As a result of this “do-it-yourself” approach to the curriculum, students at many of our leading universities are graduating without the broad-based education they need to be informed citizens and participate successfully in the global marketplace. Each of the 100 institutions in the report was given a grade from “A” to “F,” depending on the number of core subjects it required. Only five received an “A.” Further information can be found at the companion website


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