Center for Community Development and Higher Education and High Potential Education Program records
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A reaction to the Civil Rights movements of the late 1960s, Beloit College's High Potential Education Program (HPEP, sometimes called High Potential Program) began as a summer pilot program in 1968, and sought to provide an environment conducive to non-traditional learning for select members of the greater Beloit area's black and "deprived" high school students.
From primary source materials (memo from Dean William L. Kolb, dated 1969) within the collection:
"The High Potential Education Program coordinates all academic and non-academic services relating to students from the Greater Beloit area, considered to be educationally and/or economically deprived, who have matriculated under the special program. Participants meet all degree requirements and are a regular part of the institution." After the success of the pilot program, it was expanded in 1969, and became somewhat of a precursor to Beloit College's current Help Yourself Programs. High Potential Education was explicitly referenced in the Black Demands of 1969.
The program was intended to admit 20 students per year. HPEP students enrolled in a class called Systematic Thinking Curriculum (STC) which was meant to prime them for serious, college-level academic work, and which covered grammar, syntax, logic, and composition. During their Field Term (a curriculum requirement during the Beloit Plan era), HPEP students went to local high schools and they themselves taught STC to high school students with whom they shared "cultural characteristics".
The Center for Community Development and Higher Education was proposed at the same time as High Potential, and was intended to be its parent organization. While High Potential began in 1969, CCDHE was not fully realized until 1972. From then on it encompassed High Potential, as well as the Minority Students Research Center and the Educational Development Program.
Michael Young was the director of the High Potential Program from 1971-73, and the director of the Center for Community Development and Higher Education from 1973-75.
- Beloit College College Center for Community Development and Higher Education and High Potential Education Program Records
- This finding aid was completed in December, 2013 by Michelle Tom. Last updated December, 2014 by Julia Malonson.
- December, 2013
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- December, 2014: Added new folders from formerly unprocessed accessions.