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A Vision for the Carleton Campaign

Robert A. Oden Jr.
President of Carleton College

Carleton is about people—a talented and diverse student body, faculty, and staff—learning together in the company of friends. The teaching at the heart of the College is widely known for producing superb scientists, scholars in a host of disciplines, artists, teachers, business leaders, and professionals. We embrace people with diverse skills and interests who have in common a defining way of thinking: a Carleton intellect of passionate curiosity with creativity at its core. We are willing to challenge conventional wisdom and to push for innovative solutions to complex problems; we want to make a difference; and we approach the task of learning with humility, conviction, and a sense of humor.

Creativity is the most precious currency of the 21st century. Progress in confronting challenges around the globe is tied directly to our ability to imagine, to conceive, and to create.

The opportunity before Carleton is to build on its creative strength and leadership in the liberal arts by accenting creativity, in its broadest sense, throughout the academic experience. Creativity sharpens critical thinking, fosters collaboration across disciplines, and demands mastery of traditional and new forms of communication.

Sharpening our creative focus to better prepare our students for leadership roles in the 21st century requires breaking down traditional barriers and creating connections in what and how we teach. It requires investment in people, in programs, in infrastructure, in shaping new learning spaces and contexts. It requires bringing in the best and most diverse students, adapting our curriculum to reflect new pedagogies and emerging fields, shaping integrative opportunities for study, and upgrading the quality of our facilities. It requires a new vision for how a liberal arts leader of today must evolve to produce the leadership for tomorrow’s world.

To realize this vision, we are embarking on a bold and transformative fund-raising campaign, the most ambitious campaign in the College’s history. Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections: The Campaign for Carleton will make firmer Carleton’s place among the preeminent colleges teaching tomorrow’s leaders and preparing people to live worthwhile lives. Here you will learn more about our campaign priorities and about the people who make Carleton worthy of your investment.

For nearly a century and a half, Carleton has depended upon and advanced because of the generosity of our alumni, parents, and other supporters. The historic tradition of uncommon generosity at Carleton is one that also addresses the needs of the future and focuses on making a difference. For your past, current, and future support, we are most grateful. Thank you.