Carleton in the Media
- 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.
- February 18, 2013
The Feb. 11 edition of U.S. News and World Report listed Carleton College as one of 64 schools that meets the full financial need of their students. The report took into account a 2012 U.S. News survey in which 1,164 colleges reported the average percentage of financial need it met for its incoming undergraduate students in fall 2011. A college that fully meets financial need will use some form of financial aid to cover the gap between total costs including tuition, room and board, books, travel, and expected family contribution.
- February 12, 2013
The Jan. 23 edition of Bloomberg Business Week notes the appointment of Arnold Donald ’76 to the Bank of America Board of Directors. Donald previously served as president and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. From 2000 to 2003, Donald also served as chairman and CEO of Merisant, a privately held global manufacturer of tabletop sweeteners. “The board welcomes the extensive expertise and judgment Arnold brings,” said Charles O. Holliday, chairman of the Bank of America board. “We look forward to working with him.” Donald received a bachelor's degree in economics and currently serves on the Carleton College Board of Trustees.
- February 12, 2013
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Jan. 29 edition of the Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers regarding the changing views of Republicans over immigration policy. Newly re-elected Barack Obama's decisive victory over Mitt Romney in November with the support of more than seven in ten Hispanic voters has changed the game for the Republican Party he says. Many conservatives now look to gain favor with the rapidly growing Hispanic voting bloc, which accounts for 10 percent of the U.S. electorate and is growing, as a matter of political survival. Schier states, "The election was a real wake-up call to Republicans. They have had their eyes opened on Hispanics."
- February 11, 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on Feb. 11 examining Carleton and St. Olaf's recent discussions about ways in which the two Northfield liberal-arts colleges might collaborate in the future. Both institutions' presidents, Steve Poskanzer (Carleton) and David Anderson (St. Olaf) are quoted in the story, as the two schools have used a modest Mellon Foundation grant to fund the examination. "We immediately started addressing the question of how you enhance the quality of what you do, while controlling the costs of what you do, in a world of constrained resources," Poskanzer says of the dialogue, which dates back to when he first came to Carleton in 2010 but have now moved into a more formal phase with the Mellon Foundation's support.
- February 5, 2013
Ben Jacoff '07 is profiled by the Peace Corps' Midwest recruiting office in a Feb. 5 blog post. Jacoff, who participated in Carleton's Mali study abroad experience with professor of French Chérif Keïta, was inspired to give back to the greater world during his time in Mali, resulting in his Peace Corps experience. During his time in Togo, he served for two years as a community health volunteer where he organized summer camps for children affected by HIV/AIDS and trained local health volunteers on lessons they could share with their communities. He extended his service a third year to help coordinate trainings for incoming volunteers.
- January 25, 2013
On January 10, President Barack Obama appointed Jack Lew to succeed Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Lew previously served as the White House Chief of Staff. During Lew’s time at Carleton, his advisor was former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone. The Washington Post suggests that this may have played a role in launching his political career.