Group co-founded by Lynne Cheney gives UC Berkeley an 'F' in general education
Just as the vaunted U.S. News and World Report rated UC Berkeley as the nation's top public university last week, a less-noticed ranking system from the conservative American Council of Trustees and Alumni gave UC Berkeley an "F" because it only requires students to take one out of seven core subjects as defined by the study.
Here's a little information about ACTA:
ACTA was co-founded by Lynne Cheney and former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm in 1995. (UPDATE: Cheney has since left the group.) Cheney had criticized professors for using humanities classrooms to advance what she saw as their left-wing political agendas, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education profile [PDF] of ACTA's president, Anne Neal.
The nonprofit, based in Washington, D.C., has itself criticized academia for graduating students with only a "thin and patchy education, with enormous gaps of knowledge in fields such as history, economics and literature," according to one of ACTA's publications, "The Hollow Core."
The organization takes aim at "distribution requirements" on most campuses, which allow students to pick from a wide range of courses to fill subject-area requirements. "Our colleges and universities have largely abandoned a coherent, content-rich general education curriculum … The general education curriculum has become anything goes," the website says.
I think they have a good point. It seems more and more these days that college graduates are basically ignorant on topics many high school graduates mastered a few generations ago.
By the way, my alma mater (Utah State) and Henry's (San Jose State) both got B's. [I took all the core classes, even if they weren't required. I admit that my literature class was a bit wishy-washy though.]
Quite a few colleges in California ended up on the F list.