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Riethmiller, Megan; Urban, Nathaniel; Kempson, Lauri – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2018
Ten years ago, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) gathered data on 100 colleges from the U.S. News & World Report's annual list of "Best Colleges and Universities." ACTA questioned whether these elite institutions were requiring their students to take rigorous, college-level courses in the core areas crucial for…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Liberal Arts, Public Colleges
Bledsoe, Eric; Riethmiller, Megan; Kempson, Lauri; Poliakoff, Michael – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2017
"What Will They Learn?"™ evaluates every four-year public university with a stated liberal arts mission as well as hundreds of private colleges and universities selected on the basis of size, mission, and regional representation. All schools in the "What Will Will They Learn"™ study are regionally-accredited, nonprofit…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Educational Quality, General Education
Bledsoe, Eric; Kolson, Kenneth; Kempson, Lauri; Poliakoff, Michael – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2016
In the fiercely competitive, global job market, solid preparation in core skills matters a lot. Will college graduates write with the clarity, grace, and accuracy that employers (and everyone else) expect? Will they have the basic mathematical and scientific skills--regardless of their majors--that equip them to navigate an increasingly…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Educational Quality, General Education
Capaldi Phillips, Elizabeth D.; Poliakoff, Michael B. – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2015
ACTA's report "The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum" reveals that the vast array of course choices given to college students is a cause of exploding costs and poor academic outcomes. And a bloated undergraduate curriculum is particularly detrimental to the success of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The report documents how…
Descriptors: College Students, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Core Curriculum
Kempson, Lauri; Burt, Evan; Bledsoe, Eric; Poliakoff, Michael – American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2015
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. "What…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Educational Quality, General Education