How well do you understand your students?

The Beloit College Mindset List is here! Every year, they publish a list helping everyone to understand the incoming class of freshman, by sharing cultural tibits that reveal a lot about tech trends, music, TV, and political happenings – to understand the world in which these freshman have grown up. As a community college, our “freshman” might be traditional aged, but also include folks from every generation.

I’m not sure there is one single type of community college student, but the average age has been declining. So, let’s say the average age is about 29 years old. These students could be best understood by reading the Class of 2003 list. Be sure to look at different years to best understand the multiple community college audiences.

A traditional aged (18 years old) student entering college can be best understood by reading the Class of 2014 list. Some items on the list include:

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”

4. Al Gore has always been animated.

The full 2014 list can be found at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2014.php.

Some history on the creation of the mindset list can be found at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/.

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