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  • Collegiate Learning Assessment — Carthage College
    skills with seniors across the nation at all institution types from Ivy League schools to community colleges A Top College Curriculum Faculty and Students Carthage has participated in the Collegiate Learning Assessment twice in 2011 12 and in 2008 09 The College s results both times were very strong Prof Garrigan said In 2008 09 Carthage students showed academic gains in the top 8 percent in the nation Dana Garrigan director of assessment at Carthage and an associate professor of biology said the CLA results are a testament to the strength of the Carthage liberal arts curriculum a curriculum that emphasizes writing in every major interdisciplinary study critical reading and thinking and hands on learning through research and other projects Programs such as Western Heritage and the Carthage Symposium further the College s curricular goals The writing intensive Western Heritage Program requires every Carthage student to spend two semesters studying the history of Western thought Carthage Symposia courses team taught by faculty from different disciplines challenge students to explore a topic through the lenses of two completely different fields All students are required to create a senior thesis so they graduate having produced an original academic work that is research or creativity based The results also speak to the dedication of the faculty said Mr Andrews We have a superb faculty very accomplished with stellar credentials who are here at a small undergraduate college focused on teaching because they love sharing their research and passions with undergraduate students Credit goes to Carthage students as well Provost Rivera said You can have the greatest faculty in the world but if students don t respond it s not going to work he said Education is about change and transformation If you come to a place like Carthage you re looking for that

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/cla/ (2013-06-13)
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  • LECNA Comparative Research — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    Stronger Relationships with Faculty Greater Academic Challenge Involved Mentors Deeper Friendships In 2011 LECNA completed a comprehensive assessment of Lutheran college and university graduates comparing them to graduates of public flagship universities This study was conducted by Hardwick Day of 701 alumni of LECNA colleges and universities and 573 alumni of national flagship public universities from graduating classes 1980 2006 Click on the images below to learn more for some key findings from the 2011 Comparative Alumni Study or click here to download the full Powerpoint presentation Findings Carthage and other Lutheran colleges offer Smaller classes 90 of Lutheran college alumni report having many small classes with fewer than 20 students in them compared to 34 of alumni from flagship public universities Greater challenge 82 of Lutheran college alumni said their professors challenged them but helped them meet those challenges compared to 49 of alumni from flagship public universities Deeper friendships 70 of Lutheran college alumni report that friendships developed from their classroom experiences compared to 58 of alumni from flagship public universities Stronger relationships with faculty 86 of Lutheran college alumni said their professors were interested in them personally as well as academically compared to 44 of alumni from flagship public universities A strong sense of community 85 of Lutheran college alumni report a sense of community among students compared to 59 of alumni from flagship public universities Conversations with professors 73 of Lutheran college alumni who graduated between 1995 and 2006 report having conversations with professors outside of class compared to 63 of older alumni and 38 percent of recent graduates 1995 2006 from flagship public universities Involved mentors 76 of Lutheran college alumni who graduated between 1995 and 2006 stated that a professor was a mentor in college compared to 54 percent of recent alumni from a

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  • Student Learning Outcomes — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    analyze information to make reasoned decisions A Students will be able to access and analyze primary and secondary sources B Students will be able to reach independent conclusions based on data and independent reasoning C Students will be able to use quantitative information and reasoning effectively D Students will be able to view issues and problems from more than one point of view or disciplinary perspective Exploring and Evaluating Traditions Intellectual Religious and Cultural Students will engage and explore fundamental questions of human life as they come to light in the diverse perspectives of the Western and non Western intellectual religious and cultural traditions A Students will be able to evaluate critically key themes and ideas of the Western intellectual tradition B Students will engage with a non Western tradition and be able to evaluate critically key themes and ideas of that tradition C Students will be able to articulate the origins components functions and concepts of religious worldviews D Students will be able to identify distinguishing characteristics similarities and differences among major world religions Self knowledge Personal Ethics and Civic Engagement A Students will be able to identify and to evaluate critically the fundamental values that guide their lives

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  • Alumni Surveys — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    Accounts Strategic Markets Leadership Division Cintas Clinical Information Specialist Aurora Healthcare Market Analyst Compliance Investigator Chicago Board Options Exchange Natural Sciences Organic Chemist UDP Implementation Engineer Big Machines Inc Junior Application Developer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Environmental Test Leader Airtech Environmental Science Lab Technician SC Johnson Product Support Engineer Edmund Optics Design Engineer Samtec Senior Actuarial Assistant Trustmark Insurance Tech Services Epic Claims Adjuster Progressive Insurance Line Therapist Wisconsin Early Autism Medical Interpreter Aurora Healthcare Fine Arts Graphic Design Graphic Designer Diversey Marketing and Operations Intel Inc Digital Medial Coordinator Deerfield Park District Graphic Designer Idea Box Media Graphic Designer American Outfitters Ltd Performer Northern Lights Playhouse Culture and Language Assistant Ministry of Education in Spain Project Manager Epic Systems Other Social Science Mental Health Specialist Allendale Associates Nuclear Engineer U S Navy Human Resources Assistant Team Persona Family Advocate Renewal Unlimited Behavioral Youth Counselor Youth Villages Educational Assistant Racine Unified School District Youth Director St John s Lutheran Church Therapist Children s Behavioral Health Services Peace Corps Graduate Schools Carnegie Mellon University Science Information Technology Western Illinois University Marquette University Dentistry University of Kansas Music University of Minnesota Pharmacy Rosalind Franklin Physical Therapy Concordia University Pharmacy DePaul University Public Administration University of Wisconsin Madison Law Michigan State University Law Five Years After Carthage Class of 2007 Alumni Survey May 2012 Employment Employed 85 In Graduate School 4 Not Seeking Employment 4 Actively Job Seeking 3 Not Indicated 4 Education Satisfaction Very Satisfied 74 Somewhat Satisfied 25 Not Satisfied 1 Employment Satisfaction Very Satisfied 75 Somewhat Satisfied 24 Not Satisfied 1 Graduate Study Enrolled in a graduate school or already received a degree from a graduate program 24 Positions Held Here s a look at some of the positions held by members of the Class of 2007 Finance

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  • What Others Say — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    the Center on Education and the Workforce Georgetown Public Policy Institute The key to really understanding and evaluating an education s worth is looking at its value over a lifetime People who have obtained a college degree will earn an average of 74 percent more over the course of their lifetime than people who have not This is the value of education that it makes lasting changes in the lives of those who seek it Education changes people s stories Is Higher Education Even Worth It By Jayson Boyers in The Huffington Post October 2012 Americans need to understand that the good jobs that require only a high school education are gone and will not be coming back For a Middle Class Life College is Crucial By Anthony P Carnevale in The New York Times April 2012 Students who take traditional liberal arts and science courses fare better in terms of the increase in skills measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment than students who take undergraduate course in more pre professional fields Strikingly liberal education is not only effective at enhancing student learning but also in producing college graduates well equipped for the challenges of the 21st century economy The

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  • In Their Words: Kevin Crosby — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    he or she is willing to bring to this one time four year investment in their life and future The rest of the answer is easy The rest is just physics I teach physics In my field the no free lunch dictum gets elevated to a law We call it Conservation of Energy and it rules the universe This simple principle tells us that we don t create We re not creators What we can do is transform We can take disordered and radiant energy and turn it into something useful What we can do is transform potential into action The laws of physics allow this transformation and in fact encourage it And Carthage College is an exceptionally powerful engine for this kind of transformation In the sciences at Carthage this transformative potential is in our summer research programs where it s the rule and not the exception that students publish their work or present their results to scientific communities We are deliberate about the intent and the structure of our student research experience It is this To give our students wings To give our students the best possible chance of success in competing for and thriving in a career or graduate school position Students bring energy and interest and we provide the opportunity to focus that energy through mentoring and collaboration We provide them an external audience of potential employers and others who can help them launch their ideas into the world We are uniquely successful in this approach and generations of health care providers scientists and engineers have credited their summer research experience at Carthage with giving them the confidence and skills to take the next step toward a career in science health care and engineering The transformative potential is also in our classrooms where our faculty facilitate and model active learning Active learning means fewer lectures and more direct engagement with activities data analysis peer mentoring and skills acquisition It means flipped classrooms where lectures are recorded and viewed online while precious class time is spent practicing questioning and actively participating in a dialogue with faculty guides and student colleagues It means learning from other students and helping to develop the talent and potential in student peers through small research teams working on real world problems It means bringing outside communities into the classroom to engage students in problems like water quality in Lake Michigan and lead contamination in Milwaukee s low income neighborhoods It means sending teams of students around the state to study the effects of invasive species in our waters and prairies It means examining the effects of climate change on ponderosa pine forests in Arizona Or working with NASA to build and test spaceflight hardware It means these and dozens of other ongoing partnerships with community members scientists and engineers looking for answered and finding them in our students and in our classrooms The value of a college education is an interesting one and I enjoy reading the discussions and hearing the rhetoric

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  • In Their Words: Auggie Arundal — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    Being a double major has been very easy for me to handle because the majority of my classes overlapped The four main core class requirements were the same for both of my majors The faculty members within the Communication and Digital Media Department are caring and hands on professors All of them have their Ph Ds in their subject or have the highest degree in their field of study so not only are you in a class with friendly nice people but the brightest of their field Within my major the same students are in the majority of my classes and the classes within my major decrease in size The smallest class I had was eight students to one professor It was incredible The professors here are caring and actually want to help you succeed Carthage is a school in the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin We have 24 NCAA Division III athletic teams 12 male teams and 12 female teams I was not recruited to play baseball here I simply walked on the team I was a part of a successful program while playing baseball here Each year we were one of the top four teams in our conference Being a student athlete was something that I was familiar with because I was a three sport athlete all throughout high school Carthage as a college really knows how to handle student athlete issues Playing baseball in the spring would interfere with many of my classes However the process that Carthage has is top notch The coaches of the athletic teams send emails the night before away games saying that students will miss the class For example the baseball coach would say Auggie will not be in class on Friday due to a trip to Milliken Then the ball is in your court as a student to make sure you either do the assignments before leaving or ask permission to make it up when you return The coaches here at Carthage know that you are student before an athlete and the professors know that you are an athlete Another big resource at Carthage for me has been the Career Center I have taken advantage of this center many times Working with Jean Frederick and Jason Pruitt in the Career Center even as a freshman to build up my resume has been a pleasant experience They work one on one with you They set up mock interviews record your responses and help you analyze the pros and cons of the interview They also have brochures that walk students step by step through building resumes and writing cover letters The Career Center also displays possible internship opportunities on its webpage and sends emails to students every month or when new opportunities come to their attention I was lucky enough to get an internship with the Chicago Cubs through the Career Center I simply applied for the job and interviewed on the phone Weeks later I was called in for an in person

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  • In Their Words: Alumnus Isaac Rothenbaum '11 — Is Carthage Worth It? — Carthage College
    process While starting your own company less than two years after graduating is impressive there is still something special about landing that first big real world job Joining Next Jump in the first place is a highlight in itself he said They surround themselves with incredibly intelligent people and their interview process is rigorous so it was exciting to even be accepted Once he was brought aboard Rothenbaum proceeded to immediately make his mark I was nominated by my coworkers as one of the top 10 employees of the month he said Being chosen is one thing but knowing the nomination came from your peers is all the more humbling Coming into a company that is very selective about who they hire because they want only the best may sound daunting but it was something that Rothenbaum was prepared for because he had just done it While at Carnegie Mellon some of Rothenbaum s fellow students came from schools like Princeton the University of California Berkeley the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other well known institutions At first this intimidated him but soon he came to realize that the education he received at Carthage was on par or better than the prestigious schools his peers attended It didn t take long for me to realize that I knew as much as they did he said It was refreshing to realize that my education could compete with the best of them Carthage not only prepared him academically for excelling in a rigorous graduate program it also helped hone social skills needed to excel in the professional world Carthage is a very tight knit community which forces students to establish substantial relationships with classmates and professors Rothenbaum said I ve learned that the real world is all about networking establishing a rapport

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