UD Named to ACTA's A List for Preparing Graduates for Success, Curricular Rigor
UD is among 23 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
sixth edition of "What Will They Learn?" The study, which graded 1,098 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 fourth 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 four schools
to receive credit for every requirement.
"We are pleased that our rigorous Core curriculum is once again being recognized as
the cornerstone of excellence," said University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe.
"We are also proud to be one of only 3 percent to require economics, one of 13 percent
to require students to study a foreign language and only 18 percent to require American
history or government."
ACTA also commended the University of Dallas for requiringin addition to its criteria
of courses in seven disciplinesclasses in philosophy, theology, fine arts and the
history of Western civilization.
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.