Of the 1,007 four-year institutions rated in the 2011-12 What will they Learn? study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), Thomas More College was one of just 19 receiving an “A” rating.
The organization rates four-year institutions on the number of courses they require of students in seven core areas – English composition, mathematics, science, economics, American history, literature, and foreign language.
All the schools that required students to take at least six of the seven core subjects received an “A.” Thomas More College was one of only three that required students to take courses in all seven subject areas.
Thomas More College was also one of only two institutions in the Northeast to receive an “A” rating. The other institution is the United States Coast Guard Academy. A comparison of all New England institutions may be found here.
The What Will They Learn study is the only college rating system focused entirely on the curriculum—not on ancillary items such as alumni giving levels, reputation, and the amount of expenditures per student.
The study found that more than 60 percent of all institutions received a “C” or worse for requiring three or fewer subjects. One-third of the institutions received a “D” or “F” for requiring two or fewer subjects.
ACTA’s study also noted that a Thomas More College education offered at low tuition rates delivers significant value to students. Tuition and fees at the College are about half the cost of the average “F” rated school.
The four-year program at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts carefully guides students through the Great Books that span the history of Western civilization. The course of study is designed to teach students how to reason, engage in academic discourse, speak with conviction and write well. Students from Thomas More College are encouraged to grow into faithful leaders able to pursue the individual vocations which God has given each of them.
“This is a decisive endorsement of our curriculum,” said William Fahey, president of Thomas More College. “I am thrilled with the award and am proud of what the faculty and students have achieved.
“This study recognizes the high level of accountability still found at a small number of colleges and universities. The low grades of other institutions do not indicate a lack of talent or resources, simply the disappearance of the desire and ability to hold all students to a common high standard. Young people thirst for a good core education, and the ACTA rating is additional proof in Thomas More College’s ability to deliver it.”
The ACTA survey may be viewed online at http://whatwilltheylearn.com/.