After attending a session at ACPA on 'Generation Z' (also known as the Global Generation), I have since become very fascinated in learning who our incoming students are and how their needs are changing. Gen Z sees the world very differently than generations before them, and the tools and strategies we are currently using to recruit, engage, support and retain our students, especially in Residence, soon will become obsolete. In an effort to better understand this group, I have recently been reading Generation Z Goes to College (Seemlier & Grace, 2016) and I have been quite surprised to learn about the feelings, expectations, and passions of our next wave of students. I have included some highlights and paraphrases from the book to help other educators better prepare to successfully support our Gen Z students, as I believe this generation is going to force us to re-evaluate our positions, goals, programs and support systems very soon.
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