The Beloit Action Plan: Education that Works
We are living through a challenging time of radical uncertainty in the world. But Beloit was built to face challenges and take bold action.
We know that this time of economic slowdown and radical uncertainty will pass. What we don’t know is what will come next.
As a college—and as a community—we are adapting. We are asking: What’s possible? What’s powerful? What produces an education that works—for our students and for the evolving world?
From its founding, Beloit was built to ask those questions, produce inspiring, pragmatic answers, and take action. Today, after a period of intensive reflection, we offer the Beloit Action Plan: five programs that point a new way forward for our students with academic, social, and financial support systems that put our ideals to work in new ways.
We’ll divide each term in the 20-21 academic year into two Mods, each containing two courses.
Instead of taking four courses at one time, students will do intensive work in two subjects, with a visible horizon. Courses will be designed to respond to evolving social and environmental factors, allowing students and faculty to pursue opportunities in a range of settings—in person, in the field, and on digital platforms. With more flexibility in their days, students will be able to engage in other life-changing experiences, from internships to trips, service learning to group projects.
The result: An energetic and focused experience—an academic calendar for the real world.
Advanced Mentoring Program
We’re introducing a comprehensive guidance and support system for students during their crucial first two years at Beloit.
Our Advanced Mentoring Program—AMP—starts as soon as students have accepted Beloit’s offer of admission. Within 72 hours of making a deposit, they’ll connect with a faculty advisor—a caring, connected mentor who will welcome them into the community, share helpful resources, and walk them through the process of registering for their first classes. And AMP stays with them, offering specialized classes, personalized guidance, and an advisory group that serves as a community within the larger college community.
The result: An intentional, inclusive introduction to the full Beloit experience —practical advice and profound inspiration for the road ahead.
We’re also introducing Career Channels, a program that welcomes students into a professional community, broadens their vision of the future, and makes tangible connections between campus and career.
Inspired by our longstanding commitment to pragmatic education–and by our location along the channels of the Rock River—Channels is a kind of voluntary apprenticeship in a 21st-century field, from health and healing to business and entrepreneurship. Students gain access to resources that expand and deepen their interests—internships and field experiences, alumni mentors and faculty advisors, on-campus events and off-campus opportunities.
The result: A relevant, real-world college experience—and graduates who are confident, focused, and employable.
The Midwest Flagship Match
We believe that a great education is an investment that keeps gaining value, keeps delivering on its promise, at every stage of your life. This is especially true at small colleges like Beloit, where every student is seen and heard, and nobody falls through the cracks. We think the time is right to demonstrate the value of a Beloit education with a bold commitment to affordability.
The Midwest Flagship Match means that for prospective students who are residents of six Midwestern states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—we’ll make sure that your cost to attend Beloit will match or beat the tuition at your state’s flagship campus.
The result: Students can stay close to home, invest in a relationship-driven, community-minded, solutions-oriented community, and join a small college that makes a big impact.
The Beloit Promise
The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has affected everyone in the Beloit community. Many of our students’ families have suffered job losses, or lost value in homes or investments. We have a message to students in difficult economic circumstances: We want you to stay at Beloit, and we’ll do whatever we can to make it possible.
To begin with, no current student’s tuition will go up this academic year; Beloit will cover the cost of any increases in tuition so your cost at Beloit will hold steady. Beyond that basic promise, we’ll be announcing a variety of other financial support programs for students in need: deferred payment dates, no-interest loans, and up to two months of payments on your behalf.
We also want you to have the opportunity to experience everything a Beloit education has to offer, especially activities beyond the classroom. Students who enroll full-time during the 2020-21 school year will have the option to pursue a ninth and tenth semester tuition-free.
The result: Students who know that their college is investing in them. A community that runs on mutual support and understanding. And a strong, public affirmation of the value of a Beloit education.
The Beloit Action Plan is a dynamic response to complex challenges. These five initiatives are living proof that we’re audacious on behalf of our students; we’re adept at bringing new ideas to life; and we’re fiercely dedicated to advancing the common good.
This moment calls for a college that makes sense, makes change, and makes a brighter future possible. We’re proud to be that college.
The world needs an education that works. We’re ready to bring it to life.
Watch a live chat discussion about the Beloit Action Plan with Provost Eric Boynton, VP for Enrollment Leslie Davidson, and professors Rachel Bergstrom and Ron Watson.