Beloit College received a $250,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and implement a new program designed to connect academics, extracurricular activities, and careers.
The grant will be for use through June 2021 to support the development and implementation of a program called Beloit Channels. The Beloit Channels program builds on the college’s decades-long focus on advising by connecting students with mentors in different areas of the college including faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. Channels are theme based. The inaugural channels will be launched in the 2020-21 academic year, focusing on business, sustainability, social justice, and health. Each will be combined with general education requirements and co-curricular activities, like work-study opportunities, internships, study abroad programs.
“Channels will be a pivotal programmatic piece of Beloit’s pioneering answer to connecting a student’s liberal arts experience to powerful life and career outcomes,” said Dr. Eric Boynton, provost and dean at Beloit College. “With the evolving changes in the higher education landscape, Channels positively addresses the needs of students who urgently desire a clear sense of direction without giving up the freedom to explore and expand intellectual and professional horizons. The anticipated success of this program will highlight even further the relevance and vitality of a Beloit College education.”
“With this grant, Beloit College will have the resources to implement a detailed plan that will truly reimagine liberal education by strengthening our curriculum and connecting students to meaningful careers beyond Beloit,’ said President Scott Bierman.
All Beloit students, both current and future, will be eligible to participate in Channels during the fall of 2020. For more information on the Channels program, visit https://www.beloit.edu/channels/.