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LVAIC Facing Higher Education’s Future Series Kicks Off with Tomorrow’s Student Event

February 11, 2019, @ 4:27 PM
Attendees of the Facing Higher Education's Future series event on Tomorrow's Student: Generation Z workshop through the discussions offered during the keynote address at Moravian College.
Attendees of the Facing Higher Education’s Future series event on Tomorrow’s Student: Generation Z workshop through the discussions offered during the keynote address at Moravian College.

In order to commemorate 50 years of collaboration, LVAIC plans to host a year-long learning series regarding the future of higher education. The first event in this series took place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Moravian College. The focus of this event was on Tomorrow’s Student: Generation Z.

Nicole Loyd, PhD., Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Moravian College, offered a keynote address regarding the characteristics of different generations. Loyd outlined the key events that impacted individuals growing up in each of these generations and shared ways in which this impacts interactions between generations. Further, Loyd shared how this will continue to affect colleges and universities, both inside and outside the classroom.

As students in Generation Z arrive on LVAIC’s member campuses, they hold different expectations than the generations before them. They expect transparent communications and honest conversations about tuition and financial aid. They lack attraction to the extreme amenities of their Millennial peers.

Following the keynote address, Loyd facilitated a workshop for participants. In this session, attendees were mixed between roles and campuses and asked to work together to develop take-aways from the keynote address. They were then mixed with peers from different campuses in their same roles and tasked with addressing how to tackle these emerging challenges in those roles. From there, they were asked to sit with all the other attendees from their campuses. In this setting, participants were challenged to develop one key action step to take on their campuses after the session. We further asked these individuals to identify who on their campuses they would need to contact in order to bring this action to fruition.

Additional materials from this session, including a recording of the keynote address and suggested reading materials, are available on the learning series website.

The next topic in this series is focused on Demography and will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Lafayette College from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. The keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for this event will be Nathan Grawe, PhD. More information regarding this speaker and this session, as well as the registration form, are available on the series website.

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