U gets a C on general education requirements

by Jill Jensen

The University of Minnesota is one of seven Big Ten schools to receive a C on its teaching of general education to students, according to a study.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni released Tuesday an annual project which evaluates colleges on its requirements of “core” general education subjects: English Composition, Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government/History, Economics, Mathematics and Science.

Colleges with a “stated liberal arts mission” were awarded letter grades based on how many courses its students are required to take. An A college had 6 to 7 subjects required while a C college only required 3 subjects.

The University, which requires Composition, Mathematics and Science, was not given credit for Literature or Foreign Language because the courses were “narrow in scope” or only applied to specific degree programs.

Indiana University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin all ranked the same as the University.

The University of Iowa had the best grade of the Big Ten, with a B. All remaining universities received Ds with only two “key” areas of knowledge required.

Of the more 1,000 public and private universities ranked, only 19 made the A list, including three military academies.