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New college planning for Generation Z

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Generation Z is headed to college. What distiguishes this generation from previous generations? What are the needs of students as they approach higher education? How will these needs change the college admissions process? Based on an interview with Corey Seemiller, Cyndy McDonald explores how the college admission process will be different for this generation, and provides 5 Steps to follow for dynamic college planning.

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New college planning for Generation Z

  1. 1. New College Planning for a New Generation: Generation Z Cyndy Presented by Cyndy McDonald, MA/PPS June 2018 Based on an interview with researcher and author, Corey Seemiller 2018
  2. 2. Cyndy McDonald • 14+ years experience as educator/administrator, including AVID coordinator • 30+ years experience as IEC • Founder of technology company- GuidedPath • Founder of consulting practice- McDonald & Associates • Founder of HECA
  3. 3. How many of us experienced…. • Rotary phones • Maps • Cassette tapes • Floppy discs • VCR • Carbon Copies/correction tape • Answering machines • Phone booths • Developing Pictures
  4. 4. Generation Z Goes to College
  5. 5. Generation Z “In 1995 the internet was born. So, too, was Generation Z.” “...while Generation Z shares some characteristics with Millennials, it is a vastly different generational cohort. Current campus environments have been designed for previous generations.” Corey Seemiller
  6. 6. Dr. Seemiller Interview https://youtu.be/K8d5RSyr81c
  7. 7. How do we prepare Generation Z? 1. Try to articulate the value of college. 20:55 • Cohort of students not going to college increasing • College is so expensive. • As technology rapidly advances, purposes to be trained for become obsolete.
  8. 8. How do we prepare Generation Z? 2. Change the message what college is for. 24:21 • Training/develop skills for life o Great practice laboratory o Connections o Liberal Studies approach
  9. 9. Teach them… “Tell them what they get in college they can’t get anywhere else.” 24:53”
  10. 10. As Advisors, we must… Understand what students are looking for in a college. 27:57 • feel safe • activities to be involved in • meet people • be fairly close to home
  11. 11. Stay current? • Visit and chat with students on a campus. • Follow research on this generation. • Foster open/exploratory conversations • Encourage students to find their passion/calling. 30:14
  12. 12. What can colleges do? North Carolina State Univ. Library Innovative
  13. 13. Ohio State SMART Lab
  14. 14. What do you worry about most? • The future. • Economy • Ecology • World’s burdens on my shoulder
  15. 15. Not mentioned
  16. 16. 5 Steps to creating Dynamic College List Balance | Opportunities | Journey
  17. 17. Focus on College Process Self Learning • Surveys • Test scores & test prep Search & Compare • Use survey results for search • Review College Profiles • Search college websites • Geared toward Gen Z? Build College List • Determine BEST fit schools for academic, social, financial & emotional health • Geared toward Gen Z? Create a Plan • Decide on Application TYPE • Organize milestones • Start on college essays • Identify KEY milestones • Communicate with push notifications & TEXTS Execute a Plan • Manage college application process • Set appointments • Set assignments • View progress • Record Decisions • Use Calendar Top 5 Tips for Creating Dynamic College Lists
  18. 18. 1. Self Learning Use Surveys • Holland • Myer Briggs • Birkman • YouScience • Find My Spark • Do What You Are • Colors Help them find their PASSION Request Assessment Document by Steven Antonoff and Cyndy McDonald
  19. 19. 1. Self Learning ▪ Test Scores • Create testing schedule • Set up PUSH Notifications by TEXT • Add Missing Scores • Use test scores in Search ▪ Test Prep • Free: Kahn, Kaplan • Online • In person • Hybrid
  20. 20. 2. Search & Compare
  21. 21. Focus on? • feel safe • activities to be involved in • meet people • be fairly close to home
  22. 22. https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/
  23. 23. LiberalArtsColleges.com ▪ Comparisons with depth
  24. 24. Youvisit.com Virtual Reality comes to College Tours
  25. 25. National Student Survey
  26. 26. 3. Build College List ▪ Balance with SAT/ACT test score ranges ▪ Include Social Experience from school profiles/reports ▪ Determine BEST fit schools for academic, social, financial & emotional health Gen Z: Distance from home is Major consideration
  27. 27. 4. Create an Application Plan Decide on application TYPE • Early Action, Early Decision, REASC, etc. • Organize milestones • Start on college essays • Identify KEY milestones • Communicate with push notifications & TEXTS • What type of application? • Common App? Coalition? Institutions? HEART of College Planning
  28. 28. 5. Execute A Plan Execute A Plan -Manage college application process -Set appointments -Set assignments -View progress - Add decisions - Use calendar
  29. 29. ▪ Empower students to participate in the process ▪ Authenticate the process by inviting students to be actively involved ▪ Make the process more fluid because it is interactive, non-static College Planning with Gen Z
  30. 30. Contact me Cyndy McDonald cyndy@guidedpath.net -powerpoint -Assessments document

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