On March 17, 2016, Mary Jane Pittman and I met with one of my mentors, Antonia Sly Nichols, NSCC Institutional Research Analyst. Our AACUSS 2016 Conference Proposal to present at AACUSS 2016 has been accepted!
Antonia is going to find out what facets we can obtain from available NSCC data which will allow us to describe the NSCC student body. Our goal is to be able to label the major cohorts and use generational research to describe them. We will also make recommendations for best practices within student services that address the information-seeking needs of these cohorts.
In preparation, we have been researching generational studies. Generation Z Goes to College is a brand new work by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace (Jossey-Bass, 2016) which incorporates findings from several major studies of those born after 1991 (0r 1995, or 1999, depending on which author you consult!). I’ve also been researching communication practices of this generation and Generation Y (also called Millennials, born between 1982-90), including the 2010 Pew Research Center report, Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change, and a 2012 report by the U.S. National Chamber Foundation, The Millennial Generation: Research Review. This review includes an education summary that notes “digital natives have forced learning institutions to communicate and educate in new ways” (p. 7), and it is this aspect that we hope to address in our conference session.