Carleton in the Media
- April 9, 2013
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently penned an op-ed featured in the March 29 edition of Politics in Minnesota. In his article, Schier argues that Democrats hold several advantages over Republicans in coming elections. The paper notes that the liberal advantages arise with trends in demographics, globalization, and technological progress. Schier voices concern for the resulting likelihood of “an increasingly unequal society governed by well-meaning liberal elites.” Schier argues that this system of defensive liberalism will attract many more voters than the riskier Republican platforms and to “expect an economically sluggish state and national future, governed by a defensive liberalism that successfully purveys a low-risk agenda.”
- April 4, 2013
The April 1 edition of The Scientist commends the progress made by Todd Golub ’85 in the field of cancer research. Golub and his colleagues have made powerful developments in scrutinizing gene expression profiles to diagnose, classify, and treat cancer. After completing an undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 1985 and an MD at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Golub began working in cancer research at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Within just two years, he and his colleague demonstrated that two types of acute leukemia, which clinicians had spent 30 years characterizing, could be classified based exclusively on their gene-expression patterns.
- April 4, 2013
The Star Tribune Discusses the Weight of the Valedictorian Distinction in Carleton’s Admissions Process
The March 29 edition of the Star Tribune discussed how the process of valedictorian selection has come under fire at many Minnesota high schools. While more schools opt for a weighted GPA system, the road to the valedictorian title can become a strategic venture requiring careful course selection. Many believe the system to be unfair, as even a perfect GPA may not mean the top distinction for high-achieving students. However, Carleton College, along with many other Minnesota private colleges, have noted that the valedictorian title does little to sway admissions decisions. As Paul Thiboutot, Carleton vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, confirms, “By itself, a GPA, or being valedictorian is not the critical determining factor [in the selection process.]”
- April 2, 2013
Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted in an April 2 edition of a "Marketplace" segment on colleges and universities collecting application fees and how Carleton goes against this trend. Thiboutot tells "Marketplace" reporter Amy Scott that Carleton doesn't see a large bump in revenue from fees despite a 20 percent increase in applications in 2013. “We, in fact, waive an application fee for anyone who submits their application online, and that’s how all of our applications are coming in,” he says. Scott figures that Harvard likely gathered nearly $2 million in application fees, while Vassar College took in nearly $380,000 in fees.
- April 1, 2013
Louis Newman, director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching and the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, wrote a commentary piece for the April 1 edition of the Star Tribune entitled "Choosing a college? Here's what counts." In the piece, Newman tells high-school students looking at colleges of the important factors they should investigate when visiting and considering schools. These include alumni satisfaction, faculty availability, teaching and learning outcomes, strength of first-year advising programs, and many others.
- March 25, 2013
Fred Rogers '72, vice president and treasurer, is featured along with his son, Matthew, in a March 25 New York Times article about college tuition prepayment plans. The Private College 529 Plan allows participants to prepay tuition at private colleges and universities at today’s rates. Fred Rogers set up the plan for his granddaughter shortly after she was born. The money in the plan can be used towards tuition at one of the 273 member schools. If Rogers' granddaughter, Kyra, decides not to enroll in one of those member institutions, he can change the beneficiary to another relative or family member can use it, or he can request a refund.
- March 4, 2013
U.S. News and World Report Recognize Carleton Students’ High Rate of Participation in Study Abroad Programs
The Feb. 26 edition of U.S. News and World Report recently announced its listing of colleges with the highest rate of study abroad participation. The survey drew data from 339 ranked schools and found on average approximately 23 percent of 2011 college graduates studied abroad at some point. Carleton ranked in the top ten, with 70 percent of students of the class of 2011 studying abroad at least once before graduation.
- March 4, 2013
Steven Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently commented on the state of Minnesota's Republican Party in the Feb. 24 edition of the Chicago Tribune. The article notes that after one of its worst election cycles in decades, the party is at a tipping point. Experts agree that Minnesota Republicans must be more inclusive, articulate what they stand for and not just against, and be at the bargaining table and willing to compromise with Democrats on policy issues. When remarking on the past two years for the party, Schier remarks, "I'm still trying to figure out what they did right."
- March 1, 2013
Charles Adams Cogan, associate dean of admissions, recently published an opinion piece in the Feb. 23 edition of the Star Tribune titled, "Polio fight needs final push in places like Nigeria." Cogan is one of the thousands of Rotary volunteers who have worked on the polio eradication campaign over the past 25 years.
- February 22, 2013
A short story by Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, appears in the anthology Best Indie Lit New England 2012. The piece is drawn from his recent collection, This Jealous Earth. Best Indie Lit New England is an anthology series that showcases some of the best work published in literary journals, providing opportunities for readers to discover new writers and publications, and for writers to gain greater recognition and find new audiences for their work.
They write, “‘Riddles,’ Carpenter’s narrative of a middle-aged woman lost in a museum, calls on us to consider the inevitability of the body’s decline, the regret of desires deferred by the necessities of work and family, and the alienation of growing old in a world obsessed with comeliness and youth. Carpenter’s story provides an intimate look into the life a single character, inviting us to extend the bounds of our empathy and identification.”
- February 18, 2013
The Feb. 5 edition of USA Today released the annual list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges," calculated by The Princeton Review. The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) designated as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid.
Carleton was touted as an “extremely rigorous liberal arts school.” Citing direct quotes from students, The Princeton Review said that Carleton has a “top-notch” and “cooperative” learning environment and that the professors focus on teaching rather than research. Carleton received an academic rating of 98 out of 100.
- February 18, 2013
The Feb. 12 edition of the Star Tribune featured Carleton’s selection as a finalist in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. The award is an annual competition among U.S. colleges and universities that are part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. As part of its ACUPCC agreement and its own climate action plan, the schools have set a goal of producing net zero carbon by 2050. Carleton has incorporated sustainability as a basic part of it strategic plan that was released last fall after an 18-month planning process.
The article noted several of Carleton’s sustainability strengths. The school’s second wind turbine, installation of the first electric vehicle charging station in Rice County, and implementation of an improved community waste program set the institution apart as a sustainability leader. Carleton was also selected as a finalist in 2012.