Baylor Student Engagement Among Tops in the Nation, Core Curriculum Earns “A” in Annual Assessment

October 6, 2021
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2021) – Baylor University students’ engagement with their studies, interaction with their faculty and satisfaction with their experience landed the University in a tie nationally at No. 4 – and tops in Texas and the Big 12 – for Student Engagement in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings released Sept. 22.

In addition, Baylor received an “A” for its rigorous core curriculum in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report released this week by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

The annual WSJ/THE College Rankings include the results of the “THE US Student Survey,” through which students answered 12 core questions about their college experience to measure how well a university informs, inspires and challenges its students. Along with Baylor’s recent U.S. News ranking at No. 15 for First-Year Experiences, this additional national recognition demonstrates that what makes a Baylor education special is the entire Baylor experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

Regarding its core curriculum, Baylor is one of only 24 universities nationally and one of only two in Texas to earn an “A” rating in ACTA’s assessment of the general education programs at more than 1,100 colleges and universities.

Schools that received a top grade require their B.A. and B.S. degree students to complete coursework in at least six of seven essential liberal arts and sciences disciplines: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, mathematics and natural science. Baylor was noted for its core requirements in six academic disciplines. The core curriculum in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences – which recently expanded from five to seven core subjects in each of its four bachelor’s degree programs – is the foundation for a Baylor degree, serving to educate men and women to become informed and productive citizens of a democracy and servant leaders of faith communities. ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.