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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Curriculum in Top 2 Percent of Colleges and Universities Nationwide Says Study

October 24, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is one of only 22 institutions of higher learning  across the United States to earn an “A” rating for the strength of its core curriculum in the 2013-2014 “What Will They Learn?” study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

“We understand the importance of challenging our students with a solid, broad-based core curriculum,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  “Exposing our students to fundamental courses and other essential knowledge not only contributes to their well-rounded education, but it provides them with the tools they need to be successful after graduation.”

ACTA, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that fosters excellence and accountability in colleges and universities, graded 1,091 institutions (“A” - “F”) on the strength of each school’s general education curriculum. Colleges were evaluated on seven crucial subjects that are essential to a liberal arts education: literature, composition, economics, math, intermediate level foreign language, science, and American government/history. To receive an “A,” schools must require at least six of seven crucial subject courses. Only 2 percent of the schools included in the study received the top rating.

The “What Will They Learn” rating is the latest accolade conferred on the Island University this year. Earlier this month, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was ranked in several categories for “best colleges” by U.S. News and World Report. The University was also ranked among the Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, as a top Texas college for return on investment by the Online College Database, and as “Military Friendly” by GI Jobs magazine.

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