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LA Times Lauds Carleton Writing Portfolio Process

January 31, 2012

Jonathan Zimmer, a New York University faculty member, penned a Jan. 31 article for the Los Angeles Times, "Are college students learning?" The opinion piece, in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, called upon American higher education to use assessment better and more regularly to prove students are actually learning. Zimmerman pointed out Carleton's Writing Portfolio requirement: "At Carleton College in Minnesota, for example, students are required to submit a set of papers that they wrote during their first two years at the school. Carleton then assesses each student according to a set of faculty-developed standards, and also provides assistance to the students who do not meet them."