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Brown, Cornell, Northwestern, and Yale all just scored Fs in a new set of college rankings—and it's not one about which are the best party schools. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni released its grades on which schools set their distribution requirements narrowly enough to guarantee students who attend a solid "general education."

I use the word "narrowly" because it's a school's use of a broad smorgasbord of classes to fill its requirements that, in part, can contribute to a low score. As noted in a Washington Post opinion piece by Kathleen Parker, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, for instance, allows students to take a course on TV to satisfy a humanities requirement. (Those sorts of standards earned the school a "D" in the ACTA ratings.)

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