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UD Named to ACTA's 'A' List for Preparing Graduates

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.

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