Our alumni have memories of standing in long (understatement) lines to register for the quarter or semester, only to find their classes filled before they got to the counter! Today, students select courses using an online catalog, registering from the comfort of their...favorite coffee shop, library carrel, residence hall—you get the picture. This year, 92% of CLA students are enrolled full-time, keeping them on-track to graduate in four years. That’s up from 72.3% in 1996.
Did you know that the U of M ranks third in the country in the percentage of students who study abroad? You don’t have to be on a coast to connect to the world, or on-campus to connect classroom and cultural experiences. CLA students have more than 300 study abroad programs to choose from. No wonder more than 25% of them go abroad each year.
CLA students conduct frontier research alongside top faculty, from the earliest days of their college careers. Did you know CLA is home to the Freshman Research & Creative Awards Program, the first of its kind among peer institutions? Incoming students receive scholarships to work on projects that address climate change, nerve damage, land use, voter behavior, the law, wealth acquisition, language preservation, what we eat and why, and much, much more.
The arts in CLA have always had a strong tradition of tying solid grounding in technique with the intellect-expansion that comes with a liberal arts education. Our students make art that addresses ideas and the issues of our times. What’s changed? The technologies used to create that work. From the digital-powered studios of Regis and Ferguson to the newly-envisioned Kilburn Arena Theatre, CLA artists use every tool at their disposal to push the boundaries of creative exploration.
CLA is a place where scholarly teaching leads to transformative thinking. Today’s classrooms are student-centered, technology-rich learning environments. Texts are still purchased at the Bookstore, but now “course packs” can be delivered directly to students’ iPads and e-books are purchased on-demand. Even as technology plays an increasingly important role in supporting teaching and learning, content still drives the classroom experience. CLA faculty are committed to creating new knowledge—in fact, many of them write the textbooks used across higher education. Did you know CLA professors make up 18% of the U’s total faculty, but are 40% of its Regents Professors, 20% of its McKnight Distinguished Professors, and 32% of the President’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers?
Preparing CLA students for the future is a responsibility we take seriously. That’s why we partnered with CLA alumni to double the number of scholarships for students performing unpaid internships in businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. Our goal? One hundred percent of CLA students complete an internship, collaborative or field-based research project, or a service-learning course before they graduate.
CLA has always been home to students eager to learn and lead. Today, students use new tools to access information and connect across the globe. But the Twin Cities campus is still their academic and intellectual home. Every day students gather to discuss ideas, frame debates, offer solutions to global problems, and have fun. CLA’s doors are always open to alumni and friends who want to engage in our ever-evolving intellectual community.
We are committed to student success. More than 2,200 students marched at commencement this spring. Initiatives such as free tuition above 13 credits, more resources put into advising, and the U’s Four-Year Graduation Guarantee—which ensures that classes are offered when students need them—help make it possible for more students to graduate on-time than ever before.
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