Liberal Arts core curriculum at CNU earns the only “A” rating in the country
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently awarded Christopher Newport University with an “A” grade for their core curriculum. CNU was one of only 22 universities (public and private) to earn such a high grade. The university was the only Virginia public institution to earn the highest possible grade and the only public institution in the nation to score a perfect score. ACTA is an independent, nonprofit organization that was established in 1995. The goal of ACTA is to support the liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, protect free speech and ensure students are getting an education at an affordable price. The organization works with alumni, donors, trustees and education leaders to reach their goals. In order to inform prospective students or concerned alumni, they have a website titled “What Will They Learn?” The website discusses what the institutions hit on academically, how they will prepare students to become educated citizens and how they are ranking amongst other institutions.
The “A” grade was awarded to CNU for addressing all seven of the major subjects: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and natural science. All of the major subjects require specific qualifications to be accounted for as that subject. For example, composition classes must hit on the mechanics, style, grammar, argument, rhetoric, research, expository writing, understanding of tone and audience, editing and a comprehension of academic writing. A composition class cannot be fulfilled by any remedial courses, writing-intensive courses, creative writing and oral communication courses. The liberal arts program at CNU requires a certain amount of credit hours to be fulfilled in each subject that will total out to be no less than 40 credit hours to complete the liberal arts program before a student moves on to their selected major. President Paul Trible was honored by such a high grade from ACTA. He said, “Christopher Newport celebrates the values inherent in the liberal arts and sciences.
~Caitlyn Bauske, Staff Writer~