Wingate receives top honors in survey
press release
April 25, 2011

Wingate receives top honors in survey

Wingate receives top honors in survey
press release
April 25, 2011

While all North Carolina colleges and universities claim

that they require liberal arts students to take courses in such “core” subjects

as composition, mathematics and science, some provide exemptions from core

requirements or allow a range of options so broad that the “core” is

effectively lost, a new survey shows.

Released by the John

William Pope Center

for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit public policy research organization,

the survey examines core course requirements at 48 of the 54 accredited

baccalaureate colleges and universities in the state.

The core subjects are composition, economics, foreign

language, literature, mathematics, science and U.S.

history or government.

The data were compiled and analyzed by the American Council

of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), an independent non-profit organization that

works with trustees, alumni, and education leaders across the United

States. ACTA’s “What Will They Learn?”

database currently includes curricula data for more than 750 colleges and

universities around the country, including the 48 North Carolina schools. The

database can be found online at the following web site: www.WhatWillTheyLearn.com.

In North Carolina,

as elsewhere, what students are required to learn depends on the college.

While ACTA didn’t find a single North Carolina school that

requires students to take courses in all seven core subject areas, it did find

one school — Wingate University — that requires students to take courses in six

of the seven, earning Wingate top honors in the survey, a grade of “A.” Nationwide, just 17 other schools have received grades of “A.”

Among the other Baptist and historically Baptist schools, Campbell,

Chowan, Gardner-Webb and Meredith College

received Bs. Among these Campbell requires students take five courses from the

seven core areas. The others only require four.

Mars Hill

College received a C, and Wake

Forest University

received a D.

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