American Council of Trustees and Alumni has issued its sixth report on the quality of college education, which is based on the inclusion in the curriculum of required courses in literature, US government or history, a foreign language, mathematics, economics, science and composition. The council believes that these courses are essential elements in a broad undergraduate education.
The council found that most Americans support a broad curriculum although many are sceptical about the quality of college education. In addition, colleges appear publicly supportive of a sound general core curriculum. However, surveys have also repeatedly found that students are ignorant of even the most basic facts of American government and history.
Altogether 1,098 four year colleges were assessed according to whether they required students to take courses in the seven core subjects.
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