Academic Life

A Grinnell Education

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.

Grinnell Science Project

The Grinnell Science Project is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences -- students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics and computer science.

Evaluation and Assessment

The Evaluation and Assessment program of the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) assists colleagues in making evidence-based decisions for their programs and services. With increased calls for greater accountability in higher education, it is imperative that student affairs educators rely on both empirical and trustworthy data when designing intentional and student-centered learning environments. This program assists DSA staff in demonstrating how effectively they fulfill their department’s mission and desired learning outcomes.

Macy House

The Jesse Macy House at 1205 Park Street opened in spring 2008— a newly renovated home for many of the College's distinguished programs. The house brings together programs that regularly enrich the lives of Grinnellians by bringing special speakers and performers to campus, providing new and unusual research opportunities, and bridging the boundaries between academic disciplines.

 

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