ERIC Number: EJ824816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 32
New Challenges in Working with Traditional-Aged College Students
Keup, Jennifer R.
New Directions for Higher Education, n144 p27-37 Win 2008
Although the transition from high school to college is a predictable rite of passage for students in their late teens and early twenties, much about the nature of these students and their environments is changing. In this chapter, the author focuses on four of the many new issues that have an effect on the transition experience of today's traditional-aged students: (1) the shift to a truly multicultural student body; (2) burgeoning mental and emotional health care needs; (3) students' overwhelmingly vocational or utilitarian view of higher education; and (4) the integration of new technologies in the life of college students. The author suggests that in dealing with these challenges, it is important to remember that students and their development are at the foundation of educators' work. It may be tempting to think about these issues first from the perspective of their impact on institutions rather than their impact on students. For example, students' mental health care needs often lead to concerns about institutional liability, and conversations about technology often focus on campus capacity and service delivery. Similarly, conversations about student diversity initiatives may drift into a discussion of admission policies and retention rates, and expanding on students' vocational perception of college is relegated to a career center or considered a failing of general education. In working with traditional students, first-year-experience professionals have the opportunity to focus or refocus conversations, campus policies, and resource allocation on the essential task of easing students' educational and developmental transitions.
Descriptors: College Students, Health Needs, Mental Health, Older Adults, Student Diversity, Educational Change, Career Centers, Guidance Centers, Resource Allocation, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Technological Advancement, College Admission, Academic Persistence, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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