People matter. While the technological advances of the last century have changed the face of nearly every sector and dramatically altered and even abolished some industries, higher education is a field that continues, to the naked eye at least, to look very familiar. It’s the faces. This is most true on a small, residential liberal arts campus like Beloit.
Delivering a personalized and rigorous education requires a first-class faculty of intellectually curious, emotionally engaged, scholar-mentors that not only stand out in their field, but also in their classroom. The numbers prove that Beloit is among the nation’s best at putting the right people—students and faculty members—together.
On a campus like Beloit’s, though, it’s not only the faculty that affect the lives of students. Staff also play a pivotal role. Those individuals—from the college accountants to the student life employees—have been instrumental in helping those students succeed (and yes, smile). They have done this while also doing the work of balancing the college’s budget, even as the college has expanded its footprint and its ambitions in recent years.
And then there are the alumni, parents, friends, and agencies (and the people in their employ) that bring their time, their talents, and their resources to bear on behalf of our students—the “people” who are, without doubt, at the center of all we do. These friends of the college have sown seeds and enthusiasm that have blossomed on campus.
The result? Our people—our students, faculty, staff, and supporters—are doing more. They are changing their campus and the Beloit community at large. They are leading political campaigns and slow food movements. Studying abroad and in new state-of-the-art laboratories. Serving on boards and breaking barriers. And as a whole, they’re helping Beloit College stand out from a crowded field.
As a recent Beloit recruitment piece puts it: “Watch out, world.”