An A for UA | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, August 20, 2009

An A for UA

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 6:51 AM

A New York Times article on the vagaries of competing college rankings notes that the University of Arkansas was one of only five colleges among 100 studied to get an A for giving sufficient emphasis to core courses.

Nor do the top U.S. News universities fare well on a new report card by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an academic group whose causes include stronger general education requirements in traditional subjects like history, literature and the hard sciences.

In a report card released Wednesday looking at 100 leading colleges, ACTA gave an ''F'' to nine of the U.S. News top 20 national universities, while awarding ''A''s to five schools: West Point, Texas A&M, University of Texas, University of Arkansas and City University of New York-Brooklyn College.

ACTA said it found almost 90 percent of the leading schools fail to require a survey course in American government or history. Just two -- the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and West Point -- require economics. Meanwhile, the report card not-so-gently mocks courses that are allowed to count for core requirements -- offerings like Wesleyan University's ''Physics for Future Presidents'' and Stanford's ''Ki ho'alu: The New Renaissance of a Hawaiian Musical Tradition.''

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Free food for legislators, but they have to drive to Rogers to get it

    Free swill tonight for legislators at a Rogers chamber of commerce dinner. It suggests a widening of an already gaping loophole in ethics law.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • A chance to meet the NRA and win an assault rifle in Jonesboro

    Amid the rising movement for gun control, the NRA soldiers on with events around the state including one tonight where a semi-automatic military-style rifle is among the potential prizes in raffle drawings.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • Meanwhile, back in Arkansas

    Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin got some glowing coverage in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for arranging an award from the national association of secretaries of state for the Little Rock Nine and their brave desegregation of Central High School 60 years ago.
    • Feb 22, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation