Black Colleges and Universities Rank High on a List of Schools That Require Students to Take a Well-Rounded Core Curriculum

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni believes that U.S. colleges and universities should teach a basic core curriculum and move away from politically correct studies and a liberal outlook on educational issues. Each year they rate more than 700 colleges and universities on their commitment to require students to take courses that will produce a well-rounded education in core subjects.

ACTA determines if schools require students to take classes in seven subjects: composition, literature, a foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural sciences. A college or university must require students to take courses in at least six of these seven subject areas in order to earn a grade of A. For a grade of B, colleges and universities must require students to take four of these subjects.

Among the 700 schools rated, about 40 colleges and universities received a grade of A. One of these is a historically black institution: Tennessee State University. Another 31 HBCUs received grades of B. Among the black colleges, only Norfolk State University received a grade lower than C.

In contrast, Yale, Brown, and Cornell are highly respected Ivy League schools. But they received a grade of F from ACTA. Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania received D grades.

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