Today I met with Mary Jane to discuss the content of our conference session for the May 2016 AACUSS conference. Here is our preliminary plan:
- Mary Jane will prepare an activity for people as they enter. She’ll have the characteristics of each generation listed (without naming the generation) and ask people to choose a construction paper “person”, based on the characteristics they identify with. We will then poll the group to see what generations we have and use this as a launching point to talk about the generations in our post-secondary environments.
- We will then present the demographics of students at NSCC and discuss the characteristics of Gen Y and Z, who constitute most of our incoming and current students. Mary Jane has been researching Millennials (Gen Y) and I’ve been researching Gen Z.
- We plan to finish up by using examples of best practices in Student Services which meet the needs of Gen Y and Z.