Millennials and Generation MT: Trying to Understand Today s College Student

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1. Millennials and Generation MT: Trying to Understand Today’s College Student Ricardo Montelongo, Ph.D. Director, Academic Enhancement Texas A&M University at Galveston TAMUG Family Weekend October 24, 2009 *Please do not use or cite information contained in this workshop without permission first from the presenter.

2. Are you in tune with today’s generation of college students?

3. Overview Who are the Millennials? Millennial characteristics Anatomy of the Millennial family Challenges in higher education Conclusion & Discussion

4. First….. A disclaimer…. This isn’t a venting session…. This is very generalized information…. Not meant to be overarching for ALL…. Meant to give common description….

5. A Brief Sociological Lesson On Generations

6. Who are the Millennials?

7. Who are the Millennials? Do you see this person as a “role model”? Does your child? Why should we care?

8. Who are the Millennials? We are actually at the tail end of this generation. A new generation is on the horizon. Generation MT (??)

9. Who are the Millennials? Most commonly cited reference describing this generation Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation (Howe & Strauss, 2000). Millennials = Born in or after 1982 Born during Reagan Grew up with Clinton Columbine massacre during K-12 years Entered college in 2000 9/11 historic moment Virginia Tech massacre significant impact on college campuses (idea of “instant notification”)

10. Who are the Millennials? Largest generation ever – don’t know how large (86 million) Richest consumers – want to spend money Majority female Technologically adept, but not all (lower SES, not equal resources or economy) Older parents – growing vs. raising kids Smaller families – only-children Ethnically diverse Diversity more of a “fact” and not an “issue” Parents have more education

11. Who are the Millennials? Seven characteristics (Howe & Strauss, 2000) Used as an analytical framework Understand and facilitate development of this cohort How learning is approached and experienced

12. Millennial characteristics SPECIAL – Boomer dominant; family unit SHELTERED – structured schedules; “safe” environments CONFIDENT – earn special treatment b/c they earned it; constant reminders that they’re “special” TEAM-ORIENTED – collaboration; learning environments ACHIEVING – standardized testing; accountability; do best PRESSURED – high stress situations; see above CONVENTIONAL – status quo; accept rules; may fight at beginning but usually will accept “the rules”

13. The Millennial Family

14. The Millennial Family

15. Millennial parents

16. Anatomy of the Millennial Family

17. Anatomy of the Millennial parent Millennial parents have numerous positive characteristics that should aid in their college student’s experience Parents are more engaged in their student’s lives Culture of success Parents to students – “Do NOT what I did” Involved and engaged in student’s development Parents tend to want active intervention Millennials just arrived on campus 8 years ago…faculty and administrators are still learning about this generation!

18. Anatomy of the Millennial parent “Soccer Mom/Dad” – engaged parents are good parents K-12 involvement and parental involvement in education Students have been “programmed” to believe that they are the “greatest” (Parrott, 2006) Parents need to know…NOW. Age of instant contact Phenomenon of the “cell phone umbilical” (Parrott, 2006) Average phone calls students make to parents?? 12 calls/week However…parents say 3-4 times a day Beware of becoming the dreaded “helicopter parent” = “hovering” over every move their student takes “Letting Go” – for many parents, it’s easier said than done

19. “Letting Go” A few pieces of advice to making a smooth transition now that your child is at our campus. May we suggest the following book title…. Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by K.L. Coburn & M.L. Treeger (2003), Quill Publishers. $14.95 This book can be found at libraries and various bookstores. It is a very popular reference for college parents.

20. “Letting Go” Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger worked in what is called “student affairs” at Washington University in St. Louis. Their book is based on real-life experiences of parents Their book lets parents know that college presents “a host of pressures and societal constraints that are part of the ongoing (italics emphasized) process of human experiences.” (pg. 7) Parents want success and self-reliance for their children, but what constitutes this is often different for parents than it is for their children. What you want for your college-going child may run against with what your child wants from their college experience.

21. Challenges in higher education – faculty/staff/student relations Teaching and working with Millennials (as cited by Mueller, Gunther, & Shira, 2006) Boring is bad. Seek ever-changing tasks and experiences “Need to know”…may not value digressions Concrete and complete guidelines Multiple means of communication Technology Email is quickly becoming dated IM’ing, Facebook, & MySpace (even this is quickly becoming outdated) – social networking Blogs

22. Challenges in higher education – parents relations with the university In Loco Parentis – “in place of the parent” Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) – information access For more information specific to TAMUG, contact Admissions & Records College education seen as “product” - $$$$ Learning vs. good return on an investment Value placed on critical thinking skills Advanced Placement and Credit By Exams vs. learning process No room for mistakes failure not an option Quick response from university Access to information via internet – contact info U. of Vermont – “Before You Call the President…”

23. How can you use this info? Faculty, staff, and administrators are similar to being the “soccer coach” Our job is to teach, mentor, & train/develop students Not actually “play” for them. Teach responsibility, decision-making, and practice Work diligently with the college “team” We’re all in it to help all students succeed. “Do not what I did”…many of our college faculty and staff are themselves parents with college-going kids Connect with them and their stories. Valuable resources to get information.

24. How can you use this info? Parents, with success there is the possibility of failure Teach your student (and yourself) role of responsibility in both areas Remember….faculty and administrators are professionals. We will be resilient with our advice We truly believe what we are doing what’s best for the student. Understand that we are committed to student personal development Student = Academic Self-Management Parent = “Letting Go”….but not totally

25. Conclusion & Discussion Millennials are now in the workforce and graduate schools New dynamics between students and their parents and families “partnerships”; parents have been best friends of students Educate parents and students in development during college years Boomers worried about “do not what I do (did in college)”! Still communicate TO the student New generation lurking on the horizon Time Magazine labeled the MT Generation – “multitasking generation”.

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