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Understanding our Students. Ginny Adams, Beth Cauvel, and Buddy Wilson. Our Learning Objectives. Define different generational and demographic characteristics Discuss the impact of this knowledge on our jobs Illustrate strategies for working with different students

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understanding our students

Understanding our Students

Ginny Adams, Beth Cauvel, and Buddy Wilson

our learning objectives
Our Learning Objectives
  • Define different generational and demographic characteristics
  • Discuss the impact of this knowledge on our jobs
  • Illustrate strategies for working with different students
  • Plan for better teaching experiences
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current teaching methods
generational cohorts

Birth

Cohorts

20-22 years

GI’s (WWII)

1901-1924

Baby Boomer

1943-1960

Silent Generation

1925-1942

Generation X

1961-1981

Millennials

1982- Present

Generational Cohorts
why do we need to understand this
Why do we need to understand this?
  • Academic Programs & Strategies
  • Co-Curricular Programs & Strategies
  • Communication Strategies
  • Technology
  • Parental Involvement
millennial characteristics
Millennial Characteristics
  • Confident
  • Special
  • Sheltered
  • Stressed
  • Achieving
  • Team-oriented
  • Different lens on diversity
  • Close parental relationships
  • Technologically confident
millennial student
Millennial Student
  • Exposure/Experimentation with “grown up” activity
  • Exposed to information, little depth
  • Different patterns of social connection and intimacy
  • Increasingly high levels of stress and anxiety
  • Technological proficiency
  • Part-time employment
  • Ambitious yet unrealistic expectations
  • Aware of campus rules, yet seeks ways to be subversive
issues to address
Issues to Address
  • Diversity of needs, experiences and backgrounds
  • High drop-out and failure rates
  • Poor class participation
  • Typically under-prepared
  • Need specific direction and guidance
the helicopter parent generation
The Helicopter Parent Generation
  • Late “Boomer” or early “Gen X”
  • Became parents later in life
  • Pessimists
  • Protective with children
  • Soccer moms, hockey dads
  • Most educated segment of parents that higher ed has ever seen
handling a helicopter parent
Handling a Helicopter Parent
  • FERPA- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Establish a standard response time
  • Direct calls/emails-what is appropriate?
  • Request permission to discuss call/email with student
  • Tell parent where to direct student for help
  • How to handle threats
  • Avoid responding more quickly to parents than students
  • Think about how the university DOES communicate with parents
changing demographics
Changing Demographics
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Language
  • Socio-economic status
  • Veterans
  • Non-traditional
  • First Generation
  • Disability
  • International
case study
Case Study

The Hispanic Student

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