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Faculty Center - Fort Wayne: Teaching Millennials


Millennials is a generation of people born during the 1980s and early 1990s. The name is based on Generation X, the generation that preceded them. Members of Generation Y are often referred to as “echo boomers” because they are the children of parents born during the baby boom (the “baby boomers”). Because children born during this time period have had constant access to technology (computers, cell phones) in their youth, they have required many employers to update their hiring strategy in order to incorporate updated forms of technology. Also called millennials, echo boomers, internet generation, iGen, net generation



Print Periodicals

Journal of the First Year Experience & Students in Transition

Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education, such a

Explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences (including outcomes related to success, learning, and development) of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years. These transitions include, but are not limited to, the first college year, the transfer transition, the sophomore year, the senior year and transition out of college, and the transition to graduate work.

Transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students)

Explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to any of the transitions identified above

Videos & DVDs

Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance: A Debate

Millennials—the generation of young people coming of age in the early 21st century—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation, which has grown up with revolutionary technology and entered adulthood in a time of recession, uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired? Rethink your point of view with this Intelligence Squared U.S. Oxford-style debate. (96 minutes)

Moyers & Company: Economic Malpractice and the Millennials

There are 80-plus million Americans today who were born roughly between 1978 and 2000, and they’re getting hit hard by economic circumstances created over the past 30 years by The One Percent. How has this affected their outlook? And how does it impact Barack Obama’s future? In this episode of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks with a millennial who has dedicated herself to tackling the economic inequality that is destroying opportunity for her generation. At 31, Heather McGhee directs the Washington office of Demos, a research and advocacy group that fights for financial reforms and consumer protection. Moyers also hosts conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, who worked on domestic policy for the Reagan White House, and who now argues that right-wing tax policies are destroying the country’s economic foundation