By Bridget Lewis
The University of Dallas is one of 23 colleges and universities to receive an “A” grade from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s in its sixth edition of “What Will They Learn?” This is the fourth consecutive year that UD is on this list, and is the only school in North Texas to receive an “A” from the ACTA. Additionally, UD is also considered a “Hidden Gem”, for being one out of only four schools to receive credit for all requirements. These education requirements are: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science.
The ACTA is an independent non-profit organization started in 1995. Its mission is to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus and to improve the quality of education for the next generation. It works with alumni, donors and trustees to accomplish its goals.
The “What Will They Learn?” publication was begun in 2009 to encourage colleges and universities to build a stronger curriculum that will increase chances of success for the student’s future after graduation.
The ACTA graded over 1,000 colleges and universities on the strength of each school’s general education curriculum. Each school received a grade on a scale of “A” through “F”. To get an “A”, a school must require six to seven of the education requirements as part of their curriculum, and these cannot be negotiable due to high ACT or SAT scores. UD requires all seven of these in its Core curriculum.
UD is part of just 3 percent of schools graded to require economic courses, one of the 13 percent of schools to require a foreign language course and one of the 18 percent of schools to require American history or government courses. According to the ACTA, UD’s Core curriculum is among the best nationwide for the fourth year in a row, making sure students learn what they need to be successful in the future.