Annual Report Lands GWU Among Top Two Percent in U.S. for Sixth Consecutive Year

An annual study on core curriculum 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 sixth year in a row. Ranked among 25 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 2016-2017 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.

Dr. Ben Leslie is provost and executive vice president for Gardner-Webb and believes the distinction is proof of the University’s commitment to providing an excellent academic backbone for its students.  “We are certainly gratified by this endorsement by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni,” Leslie shared. “General education is the foundation of a four-year college degree.”

He continued, “It’s in these basic courses in history, economics, literature, math, science and foreign languages, for example, where students begin to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world. And not only that, it’s in these same courses where critical-thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and even foundational values of citizenship have their foundation. So we take this award very seriously, and we’re encouraged that we appear to be doing something really worthwhile in the lives of our students.”

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