ACTA Gives UD ‘A’ Rating for Preparing Graduates with Core Curriculum

ACTAUD is among just 22 colleges and universities nationwide and the only one in North Texas to earn an “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in its fifth edition of “What Will They Learn?” The study, which graded 1,091 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. This is the third consecutive year UD has received an “A” for its general education requirements.

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.

ACTA also commended UD for requiring—in addition to its criteria of courses in seven disciplines—classes in philosophy, theology, fine arts and the history of Western civilization.

“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 a broad base of knowledge and skills, which enable them to excel in a wide variety of leadership roles as doctors, teachers, software engineers, economists, lawyers, politicians, scientists and even bishops.”

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.

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