Generation Z Graduate Course

SAA 6620: Generation Z Goes to College

Interested in learning more? Take a graduate level 2-credit Generation Z Goes to College class through Wright State University! Class meets online Tuesday evenings in May and June 2018. For anyone not registered as a student at Wright State, enroll as a non-degree seeking student and register for the course!

Course Description

Higher education in the U.S. has been in existence for centuries, standing the test of time, in large part due to its ability to meet the needs of changing demographics. Here we are again at a crossroads where a new cohort of students is filling our lecture halls and residence halls: Generation Z. These students were born 1995-2010 and now make up our entire traditional-age undergraduate student population in higher education. But, with just more than 400,000 hits on Google, the information about Generation Z pales in comparison to what we know about their predecessor generation, Millennials. Google the word, Millennials, and you will come across millions and millions of hits. Knowing so much about Millennials and having had them in our institutions for the last 15 years, educators have become more adept at constructing courses, programs, experiences, and environments to meet the needs of this demographic. However, along comes Generation Z, being recruited, educated, developed, and retained using methods designed for Millennials. Although the two generations share some commonalities, the differences in how they learn, communicate, relate, and are motivated may make those Millennial strategies obsolete or less effective with Generation Z. This course aims to introduce students to research about Generation Z in the areas of learning, communication, technology, relationships, risky behavior, leadership and civic engagement, and health and wellness. Students will learn strategies for designing environments for and working effectively with this demographic in:

  • Recruitment and admissions
  • Supervision
  • Advising
  • Student development, engagement, and service-learning
  • Career preparation
  • Retention and student success
  • Teaching

Discussion Questions

Download a copy of the Generation Z Goes to College Discussion Questions to help you engage in reflection, exploration, and action-planning around Generation Z.

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