Generation Z Goes to College

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 19, 2016 - Education - 320 pages
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Say Hello to Your Incoming Class—They're Not Millennials Anymore

Generation Z is rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. Those born from 1995 through 2010 have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. Unlike Millennials, Generation Z students grew up in a recession and are under no illusions about their prospects for employment after college. While skeptical about the cost and value of higher education, they are also entrepreneurial, innovative, and independent learners concerned with effecting social change. Understanding Generation Z's mindset and goals is paramount to supporting, developing, and educating them through higher education.

Generation Z Goes to College showcases findings from an in-depth study of over 1,100 Generation Z college students from 15 vastly different U.S. higher education institutions as well as additional studies from youth, market, and education research related to this generation. Authors Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace provide interpretations, implications, and recommendations for program, process, and curriculum changes that will maximize the educational impact on Generation Z students.

Generation Z Goes to College is the first book on how this up-and-coming generation will change higher education.


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Reviewed by Rachel Quinn for Readers' Favorite
Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace is a non-fiction, research-based book that focuses on the newest generation and
their experiences and struggles with higher education. Generation Z consists of those born between 1995 and 2010. This generation is now flooding college campuses and it’s clear that their motivations, goals, and even learning styles are vastly different from other generations. Seemiller and Grace carefully showcase the findings of a 1,100 participant in-depth study. These students from 15 colleges and universities help us find common mindsets and goals that the authors apply to members of Generation Z.
Millennials seem to be the focus in all the mainstream media but Generation Z is often forgotten. I thought it was really interesting to see how the newest generation made decisions on where to go to school, how to pay for it and even what to major in. I loved how Generation Z Goes to College explained the background to the study and showcased where these students chose to go to college. I believe that doing so really helped me, as the reader, understand more of the data and almost helped me put a face behind the text. I knew each generation was unique, but this book really showcased the true difference in mindset that Generation Z is bringing to school and eventually the workplace. Everyone talks poorly about the future generation but this book has a lot of good insight that makes you proud of the future and what this generation will accomplish.

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COREY SEEMILLER is a faculty member in the department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University. She is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook from Jossey-Bass.

MEGHAN GRACE is the new member orientation director for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

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