UGA’s core curriculum recognized for its strength

January 08, 2014
by Jere W. Morehead, President

The University of Georgia’s core curriculum has been recognized for its strength in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report [pdf] published by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the second year in a row that UGA has been on that list.  Only 22 colleges and universities in the country received a grade of “A” from ACTA, and UGA is one of the largest institutions on the list.  The report looked at requirements in composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and natural or physical science.

I believe that the strength of UGA’s core curriculum is one of the reasons that our freshman-to-sophomore retention is 94%, which is remarkably high for a large public university.  Our six-year graduation rate – the national standard for comparison – is now 83.1%, which also puts us in some very good company nationally.

We are privileged at UGA to enroll very strong, bright and committed students; we owe them an educational experience that is equal to their credentials.  The recognition of our core curriculum from ACTA is evidence that we are providing just that kind of environment.