Student expectation to be sheltered by the institution and authority figures.
return in loco parentis policies.
Millennials Go to College, written by Neil Howe and William Strauss. Characteristics of incoming students:
Close with their parents.
Focused on grades and performance.
Busy with extracurricular activities.
Eager to take part in community activities.
Savvy in technology.
Interested in mathematics and science, and less interested in the humanities.
Demanding of a secure, regulated environment.
Respectful of social conventions and institutions.
Proposed College Adaptation
Greater use of technology and group work in class.
Stronger advertisement of campus security.
Professors and Authority figures should attempt to remove condescending tones with students.
Allow students to grow into their own beliefs instead of trying to change them.
Old Dominion University developed the Transition to College Inventory (TCI).
identify behavior, attitudes and characteristics of incoming freshmen.
Pinpoint and treat first year students at risk for academic difficulty and subsequent attribution.
2010 Survey of NEPA Incoming Freshmen Proposed Reasons for Attending College: To be able to get a better job To broaden my perspectives To get away from home To be able to make more money To learn more about things which interest me To attain feelings of accomplishment and self confidence To improve upon athletic skills To prepare myself for graduate and professional school To participate in college social life To develop interpersonal skills Scaled Responses
Very Important -> Somewhat Important -> Not Important
439 of 468 students are attending college to secure a better job (Very important).
203 of 468 students considered athletic development unimportant.
Risky Behavior: To get away from home, To participate in college social life.
College Administrators should not be concerned about the behavior of the millennial generation. It is not any more threatening/risky than previous generations.
References Young, Jeffrey. The Chronicles of Higher Education. 30 January 2003. “A New Take on What Today’s Students Want from College” Reasons for Attending College (A Look at 2010 College Freshman in NEPA) 2010 Survey