Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beloit College Mindset List 2015 vs Your Association

A big Association Subculture shout out to Colleen McMahon who posted a link to the Beloit College Mindset List of 2015 on Google+.  I really enjoy this list every year because of the pop culture/sociological spin it has and the fact that it really puts things into new perspective.

I challenge each of you to look at this list and then play a game with yourself.   Read the items and then try to fit that person into your governance structure.  Your board.  Your committees.  Are you feeling good about laying those venerable policies on them?  I'm sure they are dying to read your board manual in all of it's 2-inch-thick-view-binder glory.

How about trying to fit them into your functional areas.  How about membership?  How about communications?  What are they going to think about your website that you haven't even finished "getting into shape yet" when websites are almost already over?

If you are feeling a little nauseous, then I suggest you have some work to do.  And you have to do it FASTER!

If you aren't sweating these issues every day, you are not getting ready for the future.  And if Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson are old enough to be parents...well...really...what can you say to that little nugget of reality.  I need some VH1 Classic - STAT.

If you don't have the patience to click through to the list you can watch a brief video recap here. It should still scare you into a Hostess Fruit Pie coma.  When you come out of it - let's get past the constant wrangling over process and get to making a difference.


  1. I totally prefer Ding Dong comas and am out to buy a box.

    I love the list for its pop culture value and think it is nicely complemented with the hardcore research from the Higher Education Research Institute's First College Year Study. Great longitudinal data in their work.

  2. A) Love this post and B) I miss Woolworths!


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