The University of Dallas is among 21 colleges and universities nationwide to earn an "A" rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in its fourth edition of "What Will They Learn?" The study, which graded 1,070 institutions with an "A" through "F" on the strength of each school's general education curriculum, aimed to identify those that best prepare undergraduates for the workforce.
In addition to being named to the organization's "A" List of schools that provide graduates with the "broad-based skills and knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace," the university has been designated a "Hidden Gem" and is one of only three schools to receive credit for every requirement.
"We are extremely pleased that our unique Core curriculum has earned ACTA's highest rating," said Charles W. Eaker, dean of the university's Constantin College of Liberal Arts. "Our students graduate with more than a specific knowledge of their discipline, which enables them to excel in a wide variety of leadership roles like doctors, teachers, software engineers, economists, lawyers, politicians, scientists and even bishops."
"Students are graduating into one of the most inhospitable job markets in American history and a time of challenging civic responsibilities; and they're doing it with record debt," said Anne D. Neal, president of ACTA. "'What Will They Learn?' examines which schools are making a solid commitment to a broad academic foundation and which ones simply don't make the grade."
For more information on ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report, visit www.WhatWillTheyLearn.com.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1995, ACTA has counseled boards, educated the public and published reports about such issues as good governance, historical literacy, core curricula, the free exchange of ideas and accreditation in higher education.