- December 26, 2013 at 10:36 am
Minnesota Public Radio's "On Campus" blog covered The Mellon Foundation's $1.4 million grant awarded to Carleton and St. Olaf to fund collaborative efforts between the two campuses in information technology, library services and academic programming. “In the long run, this recognizes the fact that we can give a broader and richer array of academic courses and learning opportunities for students jointly than we can with one campus individually," Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer told reporter Alex Friedrich. A piece also ran on-air on MPR stations.
- November 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Chris Kratt '92, half of the famous "Kratt Brothers" duo with brother Martin, was recently profiled by their hometown Ottawa Citizen newspaper. The brothers, originally from New Jersey, now reside in Ottawa after starting out in Toronto, have created, produced and starred in three TV shows: "Kratts Creatures," "Zooboomafoo" and their current series, "Wild Kratts." The show airs on TV Ontario, the Kowledge Network and Telebec in Canada and PBS in the U.S. The current show is an animated show, giving the brothers more flexibility in what they show their core audience. “The reason we decided to do Wild Kratts is because, in our early expeditions, no matter how long we spent in the wild we knew there were animal behaviours we could never film,” Martin said. “So we thought if we could design an animated show we could show anything. We could show sperm whales fighting giant squid 6,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Suddenly the entire creature world was open to us. That was the real motivation to do animation.” In the animated segments of the show, the brothers transform themselves into various animals, displaying various “creature powers” unique to that animal.
- November 3, 2013 at 9:54 am
The Sunday, November 3 edition of the Star Tribune featured a front-page story on Carleton's new "Pathways" program, which helps students prepare for life after Carleton by exploring how certain classes and majors could lead to potential careers, internships and off-campus study programs. It also leverages Carleton's existing relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the College, allowing students to network and find out how those people's experiences could help them find their path after Carleton. All of this happens within the framework of Carleton's faculty advising process, tying the initiative to the core mission of the College. "Carleton does a great job of educating students,” Louis Newman, associate dean of the college and director of advising, says in the article. Reporter Maura Lerner write "But last year, as part of a strategic plan, officials decided they could do more to help students 'prepare for life after Carleton'.” The Pathways project, Newman says, was the response: an all-purpose website to help students explore the careers that might interest them. “So they don’t get to the end or middle of their senior year and say, ‘Oh, what now?’ ” Visit the Pathways website for more information, and make sure to check out the career-path visualization, created by Carissa Knipe '14 (Cupertino, Calif.), a studio art and computer science double major.
- October 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Arjendu K. Pattanayak, Professor of Physics, appeared on an episode of an Indian TV show entitled Face The People on September 11, 2013. Pattanayak commented on the absence of Indian unviersities' performance from the "World's Top 200 Universities," a ranking compiled by QS Stars team on TopUniversities.com. Face The People is a prime-time TV show that discusses India's most pressing issues and interact with the viewers via social networking services, produced by CNN-IBN, a television channel in India.
- October 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm
The November/December edition of Washington Monthly ranked Carleton no.6 among "the top twenty liberal arts colleges (as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report)" in its article "Selective Service." The list of the nation's top colleges and universities with the highest percentage of their graduates entering public service was compiled by The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to educational and policy studies, based on LinkedIn data. According to the article, 35.6% of Carleton graduates worked in the public service (government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public education) over the last ten years. Carleton also was recognized for providing grants for students working at NGO internships to foster careers in the public interest sector.
- October 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm
The Oct. 1 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) made a note of Carleton's new "Pathways" program in its article entitled "Career Centers Stretch to Fill New Roles." The Chronicle notes that Pathways was started as a result of discussions during the recently-completed strategic planning process, listing as one of its priorities this goal: "Prepare students more robustly for fulfilling post-graduation lives and careers." The Chronicle writes "Carleton believes in its approach to a liberal-arts education, says President Steven G. Poskanzer, its president. Still, he says, "we are not keeping faith with students and families if they graduate from Carleton and then spend the next three or four years floundering." Pathways is an outcome of that planning to more intentionally shape the College's advising program, has started a new Web site to provide information on popular career fields like health and wellness and arts and communication, and is doing more to tie academics and outside activities together."
- October 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
In the Autumn 2013 edition of American Scholar, the publication polled a number of higher educational leaders on whether or not recent efforts to allow students to complete an undergraduate education in faster time at a lower cost are a good thing. Carleton President Steven Poskanzer was one of those leaders queried, and his response was that it is a good thing. "Viewing the higher education enterprise from a nationwide perspective, it is undeniable that too many students take too long (at too much expense) to complete their college degrees—if they complete them at all. Too much human and financial capital is being wasted. Efforts to keep students in school and to facilitate the completion of degree programs are important, and should be encouraged. They need not be a threat to more traditional, four-year residential college courses of study," he said.
- October 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Oct. 1 edition of the Star Tribune in an article detailing Republican congressional candidate Tom Emmer's appearance in an online video promoting a local construction company, but that also includes a sign pumping his own campaign. The Star Tribune article includes an embedded version of the video, of which Schier says "This is so weird. This is so extraterrestrial,” he said. “You would think the Sixth District was returning to Earth now that Michele Bachmann is retiring. But no, we’re boldly going where no one has gone before.” The ad is no longer running and apparently was a miscommunication between the Emmer camp and the construction company on how Emmer's testimonial would be used.
- September 26, 2013 at 11:55 am
Laurence Cooper, professor of political science, is participating in One Day University at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Nov. 2, and his inclusion in this high-profile event is noted in the Sept. 26 edition of the Star Tribune. The event offers adults the chance to experience college lectures without the burden of homework or exams. Cooper's topic is “What Can We Learn From the Ancient Philosophers?”
- September 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm
Nathan Grawe, associate professor of economics, took part in a panel with four other higher ed experts on MoneyRates.com, published on Sept. 23, answering the question "What will raise deposit rates first, growth or inflation?" Grawe said "In the short run it is likely to be growth that drives rates higher because the depressed economy will keep a lid on inflation. But when the economy begins to improve, then we have a real question of how the Fed will unwind its balance sheet."
- September 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Eric Sieger, director of media and public relations, is quoted in the Sept. 21 edition of the Washington Post in an article entitled "Universities can look more selective by how they count student applications." Sieger told the paper "We count any application that’s been started by a prospective student, and we’ve been using that method for nearly two decades.” The article examined how different colleges and universities count incomplete applications and how many of those applications make up the entire pool.
- September 21, 2013 at 10:35 am
US News noted Carleton's outstanding alumni giving rate, placing the College in the top 10 once again among all peer institutions. Carleton's 56.6 percent of alumni who donate back to the College placed its fourth overall and is well ahead of the two-year alumni giving rate of 12.8 percent, according to the magazine. Carleton was the lone Midwestern college or university to crack the top 10.