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University Earns 'A' for General Education Programs

October 09, 2012


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is one of only 21 institutions of higher learning  across the United States to earn an “A” rating for its general education programs in the 2012-2013 “What Will They Learn?” study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

ACTA, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that fosters excellence and accountability in colleges and universities, graded 1,070 institutions with an “A” through “F” on the strength of each school’s general education curriculum. Colleges were evaluated on how many of seven crucial subjects outside the major they require of all graduates: composition, U.S. government or history, economics, literature, math, science, and foreign language. To receive an “A,” schools must require six to seven crucial subject courses. Less than 2 percent of the schools included in the study received the top rating.

“While it is critical for college students to learn the highly-specialized skills that will lead to a rewarding career, it is equally important that we stress a holistic approach to education that also equips our graduates to be outstanding citizens,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, president/CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “The key to achieving this goal is a broad-based general curriculum that provides a well-rounded education and broad outlook that will give them the understanding and knowledge to help make a better society, here in the United States and throughout the world.”

The “What Will They Learn” rating is the latest accolade conferred on the Island University this year. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned an "A" rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and, in September, was recognized as “Military Friendly” by GI Jobs magazine.

ACTA is committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1995, ACTA has counseled boards, educated the public and published reports about such issues as good governance, historical literacy, core curricula, the free exchange of ideas, and accreditation in higher education. For more, information, go to www.goacta.org.


As a premier institution of higher education, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty, and highly-rated degree programs. The prestige and strength of a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi degree are known worldwide and well-respected. As a university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, our undergraduate students learn from faculty who engage in cutting-edge research, serve the greater community, and bring a real-world attitude into the classroom. http://www.tamucc.edu/

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