A-List Honors

Gardner-Webb Ranks in Top Two Percent in U.S. for Core Curriculum Standards


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An annual study on general education requirements at over 1,100 colleges and universities from all over the United States has placed Gardner-Webb University at the head of the class for the eighth year in a row.

Ranked among just 24 institutions throughout the nation with an “A” grade, Gardner-Webb is the only school in the Carolinas to earn an “A” distinction for general requirement standards.

The 2017-2018 What Will They Learn? Study, conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), ranks the general education curriculum requirements of all the major public and private colleges and universities in all 50 states. The ranking places GWU in the top two percent in the nation, included with schools such as Pepperdine University (Malibu, Calif.), Baylor University (Waco, Texas), Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.), and the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), among others.

The ACTA study analyzes seven core subjects and rates universities accordingly. ACTA believes that composition, U.S. government/history, economics, literature, math, science, and foreign language components help students gain the knowledge and values necessary for responsible democratic citizenship. “A”-rated schools require at least six out of the seven core courses; “B” schools must offer four or five out of seven.

GWU blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 60 specialized major and minor programs. Officials say the result is a truly comprehensive academic experience grounded in a Christian environment of service, leadership and intellectual freedom.

The 1,100 institutions measured in the What Will They Learn? Study comprise all public universities with a stated liberal arts mission as well as hundreds of private colleges and universities selected on the basis of size, reputation, and regional representation. Each year, roughly 20 institutions in the U.S. receive an “A” rating.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities.

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