Beloit College’s Mindset List, published annually since 1998, aims to “identify the worldview” of 18-year-olds arriving at colleges across the country. The list is an eclectic (and faintly nostalgic) mix of cultural contexts for most new college students born in 1994.
“This year’s entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds,” says the Aug. 21 news release from Beloit College’s (Wis.) Mindset List for the Class of 2016. “They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future, and are entering college bombarded by questions about jobs and the value of a college degree.” Continue reading “2012 Beloit College Mindset List identifies worldview of college freshmen”
Most new college students this fall were born in 1992, and they are “a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow,” according to an Aug. 17 news release with Beloit College’s (Wis.) Mindset List for the Class of 2014. These students “will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them. A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship…”
The mindset list, published annually since 1998, aims to “identify the worldview” of 18-year-olds arriving at colleges across the country. Technology observations for this year’s class include:
Last week, the 10th annual Mindset List for the Class of 2012 was released by Beloit College’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. The list reminds everyone of the events shaping the lives of this year’s college freshmen, most of whom were born in 1990.
Highlights from the 60-item list include:
- GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
- Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
- Schools have always been concerned about multiculturalism.
- College grads have always been able to Teach for America.
- IBM has never made typewriters.
- They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
- Personal privacy has always been threatened.
- Caller ID has always been available on phones.
- Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
For the complete list visit Beloit College Mindset List.