||Typical Liberal Arts College
|Emphasis on process: habits of mind; skills of research and analysis; various modes of inquiry; and means of communication.
||Emphasis on content: some knowledge in a variety of fields and in-depth knowledge in a major.
|Evaluates student achievement with detailed written evaluations emphasizing individual goals, engagement, intellectual development, growth, and accomplishments.
||Measures student performance relative to other students using letter or number grades.
|All students personalize their majors through close negotiation with two or more members of the faculty of their choosing.
||Students work with an academic advisor to choose a major and then follow a pre-determined course of study.
|All students produce an original, graduate-style project in their senior year through a year-long process and under the close guidance of two or more faculty advisors.
||Honors students may produce a senior honors thesis in their last semester of college.
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