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.

Statement on US News & World Report Annual College Rankings

September 9, 2014

Students and parents need a resource that peels away reputation to find out what’s really going on in the classroom. They need facts about the academic expectations of the college they will choose. While the U.S. News & World Report rankings get much attention each year, they lack a great deal of information crucial for informed decision-making when it comes to choosing a college. Reputation, student selectivity and alumni donations have very little to do with whether a student will receive a solid education and be ready for career and citizenship.

What Will They Learn? (http://www.whatwilltheylearn.com) is a database of nearly 1100 colleges and universities that grades institutions on what courses students are required to take. Instead of focusing on how many students are turned away, it gives parents an opportunity to see which schools expect American history, science, foreign language, math, and other key subjects. 

When so very many colleges allow students to graduate with no more knowledge of crucial subjects than a high school student, we need college rating systems that put results ahead of reputation.

Michael Poliakoff
Director, What Will They Learn?
Vice President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni

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