Where am I?
Students arriving at universities across the country in fall 2007 joined a population of faculty, staff and continuing students from diverse ethnic groups and four distinctively different generations. The newest cohort, referred to as the “Net Generation,” or “Millennials,” numbers more than 80 million and makes up more than 41 percent of today’s population. It is the largest generation since Baby Boomers and is poised to impact American culture in profound ways. Millennial students have grown up in a world that is fundamentally different from that of previous generations. Individuals working and learning on today’s college campuses were born between the late 1930s and approximately 1990. This generational diversity brings unique challenges to the academy.
Please check the schedule of activities to learn more about teaching ideas that are helpful to this group of students.
The following Internet sources may provide additional information:
Generation M: Media in the lives of 8 – 18 year olds.
The Millennial Student Project: The project focuses on diversity and the millennial student.
- Faculty Resources for Teaching Millennial Students from New York University.
- The Millennial Student: A New Generation of Learners
Meeting the Needs of Millennial Students: From CA State University newsletter
The Net Generation Goes to College: From the Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Understanding and Motivating Millennial Students: This is a PowerPoint slide show.