Carleton by the Numbers


How do we know that we are providing our students a liberal arts education of the highest order? How do we know that we are meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world?

While numbers alone cannot answer these questions, a few choice numbers can certainly move the conversation along. At the February 2008 meeting of Carleton's Board of Trustees, the Dean's Office presented a first draft of "Metrics of Academic Excellence"–an attempt to assess the Carleton education from many perspectives.

Workshop Goals

  • Share measures of academic excellence at Carleton
  • Encourage campus conversation about these measures
  • Teach basic Excel tools to Excel novices
  • Provide access to and increase interest in using Carleton's institutional data

Workshop Agenda


8:30-9:00 Overview of "Metrics of Academic Excellence" draft report

9:00-10:15 Concurrent Session I
Session A: Introduction to Excel
Session B: Group data exploration

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Concurrent Session II
Session A: Introduction to Excel Graphing
Session B: Group data analysis

11:15-12:00 Discussion: What Do the Numbers Show?

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Workshop Data

Carleton faculty can access the data used in this workshop by going to the workshop moodle page. If you did not enroll in the workshop, you will be asked to enroll with the enrollment key 'carletonbythenumbers'.