Are you in tune with today's generation of college students?. Overview. Who are the Millennials?Millennial characteristicsAnatomy of the Millennial familyChallenges in higher educationConclusion
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
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2. Are you in tune with today’s generation of college students?
3. Overview Who are the Millennials?
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
Technologically adept, but not all (lower SES, not equal resources or economy)
Older parents – growing vs. raising kids
Smaller families – only-children
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??
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
Email is quickly becoming dated
IM’ing, Facebook, & MySpace (even this is quickly becoming outdated) – social networking
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
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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”.