Who is CARS?

CARS (Curricular and Research Support) is a model for providing coordination and communication among the diverse offices and departments that provide curricular and research support to Carleton faculty and students.

Members of CARS are support staff including:

  • Academic Support Center
  • Academic Technologists
  • ITS HelpDesk
  • Reference & Instruction Librarians
  • Web Services Group
  • Staff embedded in academic departments

What does CARS do?

Many courses and curricular initiatives make use of the support from more than one of the groups listed above.  CARS helps to facilitate collaboration among staff so that the support can be integrated, effective, and seamless.  CARS activities include:

  • Gatherings of CARS staff to learn about new technologies, projects, and initiatives
  • Outreach to faculty and students
  • Assist the Dean of the College and Dean of the Students with assessing coverage and effectiveness of the College's research and curricular support resources.
  • Faculty and Staff: Creating, Supporting, and Evaluating Assignments

    Resources and expertise at Carleton College for faculty and staff members as they create, support, or teach with assignments.
    • Exploring Topics and Developing Background Expertise

      If you are thinking about branching out in a new scholarly direction or are looking to develop background expertise in preparation for developing assignments, there is an impressive array of resources at Carleton.
    • Developing Assignments

      If you are ready to begin developing an assignment or supporting work associated with an assignment that is new to you, look here for a overview of the resources and expertise available on campus.
    • Teaching with Assignments

      Whether you are in the process of teaching with or supporting an assignment, there is an impressive array of resources at Carleton.
    • Evaluating Student Work

      Wondering about how best to evaluate student work?
    • Evaluating Assignments

      Resources or pointers relevant to evaluating the efficacy of assignments and assessment.
  • Students: Resources to Consider While Working on Assignments

    Part of joining an academic an academic community is engaging people who have expertise that complements your own. In fact, Carls ask questions! This is a place to learn about resources and expertise on campus that students may find of use during their academic careers at Carleton.
    • Speeches and Presentations

      Giving a speech or presentation as part of a class, your comps, or your work in the community? There are a number of resources to help you learning to use presentation tools, find images or references, design your presentation, or in practicing your talk.
    • Computer Support

      There are a number of types of expertise on campus when it comes to working with computers. Some are general in nature and others specific project types.
    • Research

      Research projects can take many forms. Naturally, there many forms of expertise and types of resources on campus available to students working on research projects.
    • Data

      Robust support is available on campus for working with geospatial and quantitative data. From resource discovery to access to using the data to answer questions, support options are described here. Also find links to Carleton's data collections and tutorials.
    • Digital Media

      Whether you are looking for digital media to experience or you are looking to edit or create a project, there are a lot of resources on campus. Look here for information about media collections as well as equipment and software to create your own.
    • Academic Assistance

      It is common for students to know about one or two sources of academic assistance on campus, but there is so much more. This is a comprehensive list of resources and expertise available to students at Carleton.
    • Writing

      Writing is a critical element of Carleton's curriculum. There are some excellent resources and expertise on campus dedicated to helping students improve their writing.
  • Research Studies

    • Student Engagement With Academic Support (SEAS) Survey Instrument

      The Student Engagement with Academic Support (SEAS) survey prompts students to reflect on recent experiences in completing course assignments. Information collected relates to whether or not students sought help, if so from whom, times of day they worked, and the characteristics of study spaces sought.
    • Curricular and Research Support at Carleton College: A Report and Recommendations for Future Planning

      This report is based on a six-month study designed to identify sources, needs and prospects for curricular and research support at Carleton College. Put into a larger context, the study is intended to be an important contribution to the College’s discussions about how best to align institutional resources with work demanded of contemporary students and faculty. The report contains four sections that 1) articulate the goals of Carleton's Coordinated Support Model, 2) identify current sources of support, 3) distill four critical themes that emerged from the committee's discussions, and 4) pinpoint specific, near-term action items.
    • Curricular Uses of Visual Materials: A Mixed-Method Institutional Study

      During the 2008-2009 academic year, members of the Carleton community conducted a research study that explored curricular uses of visual materials. Curricular Uses of Visual Materials: A Mixed-Method Institutional Study is freely available. This study has been an important resource as the Carleton community thinks about ways of further refining curricular support at the College.
  • Presentations

    Individuals in Carleton's network of academic support professionals regularly present on topics relating to our Coordinated Support Model. This page contains a selection of conference presentations made to date.
  • Advisory Committee for Curricular and Research Support

    Committee description for the Advisory Committee for Curricular and Research Support (CARS)
  • Collaborative Services

    A main section for the coordinated support site, added in 2015, providing a landing page for the services that aren't housed fully anywhere else.