ERIC Number: ED447768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Understanding Today's Students in a Changed World.
Schroeder, Charles C.
AGB Priorities, n15 Fall 2000
This issue highlights the undergraduate experience and the increasingly important role of student affairs professionals in creating educational environments that enhance student success. It compares college students in the 1960s to today's students, noting that attitudes and behaviors of today's students are different from those of previous generations. Today's students experience more stress, which is attributed to challenges of financing a college education and to being overwhelmed with responsibilities. There is an escalation in academic disengagement, with greater numbers of students requiring remedial or developmental education. While most high school seniors perform volunteer work, they are much less likely to participate in movements of greater scope in college. Today's students tend to feel unable to have traditional social lives. Most social life occurs in off-campus bars. Trustee leadership may be necessary to eliminate the alcohol-centered culture of fraternities. Student affairs professionals have shifted their emphasis from controlling students to serving students. Trustees are concerned with low retention and graduation rates, so student affairs staff must work to enhance academic engagement and student success. Students also need guidance from trustees and staff on developing proper values. Campuses must support student diversity and use it to enhance students' educational experiences. (SM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, College Students, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Moral Values, School Holding Power, Stress Variables, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Student Personnel Services, Trustees
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