The Catholic University of America

Oct. 13, 2006

CUA Gets High Marks for Civic Learning

National Survey Places Catholic University in Top Third

The Catholic University of America ranked 16th in a survey of 50 colleges and universities measuring student learning of American history and its essential institutions.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a nonprofit focused on increasing the understanding of traditional values and citizenship among American college students, commissioned the study. The survey of 14,000 participants tested both freshmen and seniors to assess whether their institutions added or detracted from students' knowledge of America's history and institutions.

CUA was one of 34 colleges and universities surveyed deemed as "adding value" to its students knowledge in this area, outranking several elite universities. For more information about the survey, visit http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/report/summary.html.

The core curriculum of Catholic University's undergraduate programs places an emphasis on philosophy, religion, and the humanities as well as a government, politics and history, according to Stephen Schneck, director of the Life Cycle Institute and chair of the politics department at CUA. "Such education is the stuff of leadership in the public square for the 21st century," Schneck says. "We've always strived for a sense of vision about our curriculum. This is a welcome confirmation."

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The Catholic University of America, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 12 schools including architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, social service, theology and religious studies, and a college for adult learners.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu