Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Beloit College Mindset.

The Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, in the midwest of the US, chartered in 1846, found an honourable mention in Loren Pope's best seller, Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even if You're Not a Straight-A Student (ISBN 0-14-029616-6) in 2000 "What Beloit turns out is a better, more effective person and one who tends to go on getting better...," writes Pope, 96, reputedly a fighter for colleges that have everything but Ivy League status. Beliot was also among the top 20% of the five benchmark categories measuring the quality of the student experience in the 1999 National Study of Student Engagement, one among only four to achieve this ranking. Last year, it was ranked 35th for "Best Value" and 61st overall, among liberal arts colleges. Its chief claim to fame since 1989, however, appears to be The Beloit College Mindset List written by Prof Tom McBride claiming to summarize the world view of 18 year-olds in the fall of the year of enrolment via a broad-based list of the experiences and event horizons of the students as they commence higher education. Some think The M-List is a marketing ploy or gimmick. Even so, it seems to have caught the imagination of the media. More important, it seems to have acquired the status of an HRD buzzword. And, what's ironical is that it has most likely earned Beloit a status better than or at least equal to an Ivy League school. Has it helped the school in attracting top graders, though? I have not a clue.