September 17, 2019

Education for the 21st Century

A Beloit education is more relevant today than ever, and the college is rolling out action plans that double down on its unique residential liberal arts experience, while placing a new focus on how the value of that experience is articulated to students, prospective students, and other stakeholders.

It’s part of a strategic plan being operationalized this fall that explicitly connects a Beloit education to students’ successful careers and lives through a set of institutional learning outcomes.

Starting next fall, a robust advising component will orient students toward their post-Beloit professional and personal lives from the time they arrive on campus. One feature is a new, required advising program during the first and second years. In these courses, students will identify their areas of interest, create a résumé, and participate in informational interviews, then receive special advising around those areas of focus in their junior and senior years.

One of the most notable innovations is called “Channels,” which will build academic and co-curricular activities around students’ paths and develop thematic professional groups composed of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community cohorts to support their plans. Alumni will be critically important in this role in demonstrating ways that Beloit’s institutional outcomes are at work in their own lives. Most of the strategic plan builds on existing strengths of the college, with a renewed emphasis on integrating experiences into all four years of a student’s life and making goals explicit.

The strategic plan sets its sights on four outcomes for students:

  1. Being an effective communicator
  2. Being a productive collaborator
  3. Being a creative problem solver
  4. Being intellectually and professionally agile

Strategic Vision

To position Beloit as a student-ready college that prepares graduates for meaningful careers and futures.

Values and Practices

Recognize the centrality of equity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, experiential learning, global and international learning, community engagement, integrative and collaborative learning.

Also In This Issue

  • Tobias Gurl’12 started advocating for transgender student housing rights at Beloit. Now, he’s moved up to healthcare issues at the statewide level.

    Transgender Advocacy at Beloit Lays the Foundation for Iowa Challenge

  • The Damnation Army Band’s impromptu performance in the fall of 1968.

    One day, unexpectedly, a band appeared

  • Middle College and surrounding mounds at the start of autumn.

    Freedom of Speech, Elmo Dancers, Mounds, and Little Free Libraries

  • From left, Erika Weiss Moczulewski’09, Tom Casadevall’69, and Dr. Sudha Pavuluri Quamme’94.

    Awards for Outstanding Alumni


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