REPORT OF A COMPREHENSIVE
EVALUATION VISIT TO GRINNELL COLLEGE
Grinnell, Iowa November 16-18, 1998 for the
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
At the center of a Grinnell education is intensive mentoring of students by the faculty. This mentoring begins in the First-Year Tutorial, the only required course at Grinnell College. While faculty members from all academic departments teach the tutorial and their topics vary widely, every tutorial emphasizes writing, critical thinking and analysis, oral discussion skills, and information literacy. Each tutor also serves as adviser to the tutorial students until they declare a major field of study.