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Mindset Matters

The Power of College to Activate Lifelong Growth

Daniel R. Porterfield

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How colleges can foster growth mindsets among students—and why this approach matters.

We live in an era of escalating, tech-fueled change. Our jobs and the skills we need to work and thrive are constantly evolving, and those who can't keep up risk falling behind. That's where college comes in. In Mindset Matters, Daniel R. Porterfield advances a powerful new argument about the value of residential undergraduate education and its role in developing growth mindsets among students.

The growth mindset, according to Porterfield, is the belief that we can enhance our core qualities or talents through...

How colleges can foster growth mindsets among students—and why this approach matters.

We live in an era of escalating, tech-fueled change. Our jobs and the skills we need to work and thrive are constantly evolving, and those who can't keep up risk falling behind. That's where college comes in. In Mindset Matters, Daniel R. Porterfield advances a powerful new argument about the value of residential undergraduate education and its role in developing growth mindsets among students.

The growth mindset, according to Porterfield, is the belief that we can enhance our core qualities or talents through our efforts, strategies, and education, and with assistance from others. People with growth mindsets have faith in self-improvement. They tend to be goal oriented and optimistic, confident that they can master new challenges because they've done so in the past. Feedback is their friend, errors their opportunities to begin again. For students like this, college is a multiyear process of self-creation and self-emergence, a becoming that unfolds because they are applying themselves in a place rich with stimulating people, happenings, resources, and ideas.

America's colleges and universities help students build the skills and self-confidence they need for lifelong discovery, creativity, mentorship, teamwork, and striving. These five mindsets, the book argues, are critical for thriving in disruptive times, and students who develop them will reap the rewards long after they graduate. To show how college activates these mindsets and why it matters, Porterfield shares the personal stories of thirty recent graduates—many the first in their families to attend college. Their growth was both self-powered and supported by involved faculty, engaged peers, and opportunity-rich campuses. Porterfield also outlines how colleges and universities can do more to foster cultures of mentoring and personalized learning that help students become leaders of their own learning.

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Porterfield is a pioneer in expanding access to college. Through powerful and inspiring personal stories, Mindset Matters captures why this mission—and the need to teach students how to think rather than what to think—is so important to the future of our country.

Compelling and illuminating. Porterfield makes an excellent case for the value of holistic post-secondary education. Anyone who has an interest in discovering the connective tissue that holds our society together will find this an essential read.

As the innovative president of Franklin & Marshall College, Dan Porterfield was recognized as an Obama Administration Champion of Change. Now, with Mindset Matters, he shows how higher education can help all students build the growth mindsets needed to thrive in today's rapidly changing economy and society.

The growth mindset can transform obstacles into opportunities. Daniel Porterfield shows how through the stories of incredible men and women he met as president of Franklin & Marshall College. Porterfield's 'growth mindset playbook' makes inspiring reading and should be a call to arms for all who prize learning in the twenty-first century.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. The Mindset for Discovery
2. The Mindset for Creation
3. The Mindset for Mentorship
4. The Mindset for Collaboration
5. The Mindset for Striving
6. Growth Mindsets, Social Good, and

Preface
Introduction
1. The Mindset for Discovery
2. The Mindset for Creation
3. The Mindset for Mentorship
4. The Mindset for Collaboration
5. The Mindset for Striving
6. Growth Mindsets, Social Good, and Human Flourishing
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Daniel R. Porterfield
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Daniel R. Porterfield

Daniel R. Porterfield is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He served as President of Franklin & Marshall College from 2011–2018 and was recognized as an Obama White House Champion of Change.