By Tom Lindsay
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is a nonpartisan higher-education organization that, for 20 years, has provided us with much-needed data on the quality of American institutions of higher education. ACTA recently released the 2015-2016 edition of its national survey of college curricula, titled, What Will They Learn? Sad to say, its findings generally are less than encouraging and are, in some cases, no less than frightening. Prospective students and their parents should take note.
Launched in 2004, What Will They Learn? investigates the “state of general education, those courses designed to give college students a firm grounding in the areas of knowledge they will use for a lifetime.” ACTA examined 1100 colleges and universities nationwide to find whether these schools require “seven key subjects: Composition, Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government or History, Economics, Mathematics, and Science.” The website also offers easily-accessible information on college graduation rates and tuition prices, as well as other useful information. CONTINUE READING HERE