Spring 2014: Taking Stock

23 April 2014

LTC: A Caboodle of Moodle(s) (April 3)

Come see and hear how three people–two faculty and one staff–use Moodle for curricular and co-curricular purposes. Get inspired and share your own experiences with this technology. Bereket Haileab, Professor of Geology; Annette Nierobisz, Associate Professor of Sociology; Carly Born, Academic Technologist; Kathy Evertz, Director, Academic Support Center

LTC: Academic Judgment Day (April 10)

LTC: Students’ Writing, Students’ Identities (April 15)

Carleton faculty and staff have spent much time thinking about writing in relation to the curriculum, and about how to support students in becoming strong, critical writers. However, the process of adapting to the expectations of academic discourse communities can destabilize students’ identities and leave them feeling alienated. This LTC  session explores the relationship between a student’s identity/identities and the writing (s)he is asked to produce. What can we do to facilitate the challenging emotional and intellectual journeys students must take to fulfill the expectations Carleton places on them as writers? Students are welcome to attend. Kayla Tam (’14); Milah Xiong (’14); Renata Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director, Writing Center & Coordinator for Second Language Writing; Kathy Evertz, Director, Academic Support Center

LTC: Why We Go: Defining Goals for Off-Campus Study (April 24)

Since off-campus study plays such a significant role in our students’ education and in our curriculum, the Off-Campus Studies Committee has been working to define learning goals for off-campus programs. What should students learn while away from Carleton? We will share our work-in-progress and engage you in a focused discussion with a  designated moderator at each table—so come ready to work and give us feedback! Students are welcome to attend. George Shuffelton, Associate Dean of the College; Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies; Yaron Klein, Assistant Professor of Arabic; Clint Cowan, Professor of Geology; Joe Baggot, Associate Dean of Students; Barbara Fowler, Assistant Comptroller

LTC: Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: Income Inequality and Health Care Reform: The Gordian Knot (April 29)

The Affordable Care Act is an important first step in health insurance reform, but the United States also has the harder task of reforming health care. To date, we have been more concerned with paying for health care and less with the problems of health care itself. We will explore the strong link between growing income inequality and the urgent problems of health care and argue that we cannot solve one without the other. Students are welcome to attend. Martha White Paas, Wadsworth A. Williams Professor of Economics and member of the Carleton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; with Discussant Kenneth Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology and member of the Carleton Chapter of Phi Beta. Kappa; and Introduction by Kathleen M. Galotti, William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science and President of the Carleton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Co-sponsored by the Carleton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

LTC: Analyze This (The Sequel) (May 6)

One of the higher-order thinking skills identified as an academic goal in the College’s mission statement is problem solving. This multi-faceted topic is relevant to every major or program of study available at the Carleton. This conversation will enable the subcommittee members to share important findings and give community members an opportunity to respond to a draft report. Students are welcome to attend. Andrea Nixon, Director of Curricular and Research Support and Subcommittee Chair; Sharon Akimoto, Professor of Psychology; Cam Davidson, Professor of Geology; and Jessica Leiman, Associate Professor of English.

LTC: What Is QRE? (May 13)

Are our students learning the quantitative reasoning skills that we want them to learn? We will review the distribution of current QRE offerings across campus, when and where students are taking QRE courses, the kinds of activities currently being offered in these courses and how these foster desired QR skills. This information will serve as a launching point for a discussion of the different kinds of quantitative reasoning we teach on campus, the kinds of quantitative reasoning skills we would like our students to employ more comfortably, and how we can convey these skills more effectively. Students are welcome to attend. Mija Van Der Wege, Director of QuIRK Program and Associate Professor of Psychology.

LTC: What Do We Know (Need to Know?) About Our Recent Alumni Outcomes After Carleton? (May 20)

Colleges and universities are increasingly asked to account for what their graduates are doing after receiving their degrees. Departments and programs want to know as well. In this session, Institutional Research and Assessment will present some of what we know about what our alumni are doing, in work and in further education, as well as what we find from surveys about what they learned at Carleton. We will try to address public concerns about the monetary value (ROI) of a college degree, but more importantly also show what we know about how a liberal arts education has added value to the lives of our alumni. We will show some results of collaborations among the Career Center and other offices to use the alumni data warehouse to make alumni outcomes more transparent and available, such as the Pathways project and reports on post-Carleton employment and education, fellowships. The Career Center will discuss plans to engage alumni and parents in helping our students seek internships, externships, and jobs. Students are welcome to attend. Jim Fergerson, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment; Kim Betz, Director of the Career Center; Cherry Danielson, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

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