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Title: THE UCM STUDENT


1
THE UCM STUDENT
  • September 4, 2007

2
Meet the Millennials
  • Never born in a world without the internet
  • Always cooked their popcorn in a microwave
  • Never watched television without a remote control
  • Think Kansas, Chicago, America and Alabama are
    places, not musical groups
  • Ability to email the President of the United
    States since the first grade

3
Seven Core Traits
  • Special
  • Sheltered
  • Confident
  • Team Oriented
  • Conventional
  • Pressured
  • Achieving

4
Social
  • Feel close to their parents
  • They let everyone into their world, usually have
    three to five friends, but dozens to hundreds of
    online friends
  • Respectful of norms and institutions
  • Only trust authority who they feel have earned
    it, place more trust in their peers than in
    authority figures
  • Heavily structured and scheduled, dont do well
    with idle time

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Baby on Board Generation
  • They are more protected, the wanted children
  • They come from an era of no losers, only the
    winning-challenged
  • Collaboration vs. competition
  • Attitude that they are entitled
  • They regard themselves as collectively special
  • The most watched-over generation in history
  • Never ridden a bike without a helmet
  • Never ridden in a car without a seat belt

7
Always Connected
  • Texting, instant messaging, podcasting, MySpace,
    Facebook, gaming
  • 81 of teens either own or use a cell phone
  • They are online a lot-up to three hours a day
    doing homework, shopping, viewing personal web
    pages and blogs, YouTube
  • Email is a communication medium of last resort

8
What They Expect
  • Understand that students and their parents are
    consumers who actively compare programs and make
    choices
  • 24/7/365 customer service culture-always on,
    always connected, anytime, anywhere, anyplace
  • Cyber service and instant response
  • Cash-less campus-use debit/credit card for
    everything
  • Millennials accept authority and respect
    institutions with this comes a zero tolerance
    for institutional failure

9
  • According to The Millennial Values research
    study conducted in 2006 by N, the nighttime
    network for teens and a programming are of MTV
    network, the issues that concern them the most
    are
  • Personal Safety
  • Crime/Violence
  • Terrorism/War
  • Stress
  • Money

10
Stress Out
  • Another issue that ranked high in the study was
    stress
  • Nearly half feel their stress level is very
    high to high
  • They believe they are dealing with a more
    competitive, stressful and complicated world than
    their parents
  • The greatest source of stress is their future
    including getting a job and making money

11
Worried about
  • A college degree is the new high school diploma,
    to be considered for any of kind of good job
    you have got to have one
  • Gone are the days of cheap tuition, grants and
    scholarships and a booming economy to provide
    good paying jobs when they graduate
  • Rising college costs
  • Financial aid has shifted from grants to loans
  • Housing and food are more expensive
  • Lots of debt (education and credit card)

12
  • Understanding where newer generations are coming
    from allows us to
  • Attract and Retain
  • Communicate and Engage
  • Provide better student services
  • Bring out their strengths
  • Educate
  • Help them prepare for future

13
  • Lets Bring This a Little Closer to Home

14
Some important metrics
  • 84
  • 50
  • 68
  • 26
  • 49

15
Some other important numbers to keep in mind
  • 187.35
  • 374.70
  • 235.65
  • 471.30
  • 18,594
  • 24,050
  • 142

16
Psychographics/Demographics
  • UNDERGRADUATE POPULATION
  • 89 Missouri Resident
  • 9 Minority/International
  • Top 1/3 of High School Graduating Class
  • 22.2 ACT Score
  • Ave. HS GPA 3.3
  • 60 reside 100 mile radius from Warrensburg
  • 55 Female
  • Ave. Age of UG 22.6
  • 16.9 over the age of 24
  • 55 of first year students indicated family
    incomes 60K

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What The Freshmen Tell Us
  • 82 of freshmen indicate studying 5 hours or less
    per week in high school (76)
  • 55 planning on earning Masters degree or higher
  • Most frequently cited reasons for attending
    college get a better job (73), to be able to
    make more money (72.5), to get training for a
    specific career (74.6)
  • Reasons such as Learn things that interest me,
    To gain a general education and appreciation of
    ideas and To make me a more cultured person
    were cited significantly less frequently when
    compared to survey respondents at other 4 year
    public institutions

19
  • Millennial learners CAN change their attitudes
    and behaviors about learning. BUT, faculty and
    staff must help them do this.
  • Saundra McGuire Ph.D.
  • Director, Center for Academic
    Success
  • Louisiana State University

20
Students Do Not Understand What is Required To Be
Successful in College
  • Entering students, in particular, seem to
    underestimate the requirements of courses and the
    amount of work required to achieve better grades
  • Survey of Faculty 2002

21
A Possible Disconnect?
  • Faculty Learning and a college
  • education is the goal
  • Students College/education is only
  • the means to achieve their
    goals (e.g. job, career, values, lifestyles).

22
A Teaching and Learning Disconnect
  • Most faculty exhibit a teaching style (abstract
    reflective) that not only is opposite, but
    antagonistic to students learning styles
    (concrete active)
  • Schroeder, 2000

23
  • What You Can Do

24
Understand Retention Movement
  • Successful retention programs encompass virtually
    everything an institution does to improve the
    quality of student life and learning

25
  • Retention should not be an institutional goal but
    rather a by-product of improved educational
    programs and services to students.

26
Tinto on Faculty Role in Retention
  • To be effective, retention efforts must be seen
    as part and parcel of institutional educational
    functioning, a responsibility that is shared by
    all members of the institution, in particular the
    faculty. The long-term success of retention
    efforts ultimately rests on the shoulders of the
    faculty and their willingness to see that goal as
    their own. Student learning is central to
    student persistence the conditions that foster
    student learning are also those that promote
    student persistence

27
We have vastly overrated students abilities in
these key areas
  • Learning the norms of the campus culture
  • Finding a niche
  • Reaching out and then putting down roots
  • Transferring success behaviors from other
    settings
  • Putting on blinders/developing focus
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Compartmentalizing work/family pressures
  • Exhibiting the classroom and study habits of
    successful students
  • Asking for help
  • Building relationships with teachers

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Ideas for Engaging Millennials
  • Be authentic
  • Plan around teams-its about building a community
  • Build on positive attitudes
  • Use real student voices to tell real stories
  • Assume they are smart and let them know you think
    so (high standards/expectations)
  • Create tools and easy to use functionality that
    allows them to create and share their own
    content, such as photos, videos
  • Set high standards of performance conduct
  • From Jeff Cufaude (2000). Millennials
    Fraternities Sororities.

30
Teaching Methods
  • Some relatively simple changes in teaching
    methods can produce significant gains in learning
    for college students. The researchers reported
    that college students do their best in courses
    that include frequent checkpoints such as
    quizzes, tests and oral exams. They also thrive
    when they do at least some of their studying in
    small groups.
  • The Harvard Assessment Seminars
  • Exploring with Student and Faculty About
  • Teaching, Learning and Student Life, 1990

31
UCM Instructional Effectiveness
Satisfactionvs.Four Year Public
Satisfaction Level Lower than 4-Year Publics at
.001 level
32
Role of Teaching and Learning
  • No matter what the organization or programmatic
    efforts are to set higher standards and to more
    closely evaluate educational outcomes, the
    unquestionable pivotal role in the educational
    system has been-and will always be-the teacher.
  • Dr. John Rouche

33
What Students Say About Effective Faculty
  • I learned a lot in this course
  • The instructor was willing to help me learn
  • The instructor cared about me as an individual

34
Nine Specific Ways Faculty Can Aid and Abet
Student Success
  • Embrace undergraduates and their learning
  • Set and maintain high expectations for student
    performance
  • Clarify what students need to do to succeed
  • Use engaging pedagogical approaches appropriate
    for course objectives and students abilities and
    learning styles
  • Build on students knowledge, abilities and
    talents
  • Provide meaningful feedback to students

35
9 continued
  • Weave diversity into the curriculum including
    out-of-class assignments
  • Make time for students
  • Hold students accountable for taking their share
    of the responsibility for their learning
  • Kinzie, J. (2005). Promoting student success
    What faculty members can do (Occasional Paper No.
    6). Bloomington, Indiana Indiana University
    Center for Postsecondary Research

36
Facilitating Faculty-Student Contact Through
Student-Centered Learning
  • Carefully monitor student progress and attendance
    through frequent feedback
  • Submit mid-term, final grades and book orders in
    a timely manner
  • Keep scheduled office hours and be available to
    students
  • Call/email frequently absent students
  • Be a referral agent when/where appropriate
  • Participate fully in the institutions early
    alert program

37
Retention is about human interaction
  • Institutions which consciously reach out to
    establish personal bonds among students, faculty,
    and staff and which emphasize frequent and
    rewarding contacts outside the classroom are
    those which most successfully retain students.
    Such interaction is the single strongest
    predictor of student persistence

-Vincent Tinto
38
Thanks
  • Dr. Matt Melvin
  • Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management
  • 660.543.4810
  • melvin_at_ucmo.edu
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