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

    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:

    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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