August 13, 2007
Dr. Mark Taylor enlightens Cowley faculty about dealing with Generation NeXt
Talking to a room full of Cowley College faculty and staff, Dr. Mark
Taylor kept the audience entertained and informed throughout his three-hour
presentation titled “Generation NeXt Comes to College, Understanding,
Teaching and Serving Today’s Postmodern Students.” Monday
in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
Taylor spoke of the challenges faced by the generational differences between these young people, age 18-25, and the Traditionals (born before 1945), Baby Boomers (born between 1945-65) and Generation Xers (born between 1965-1980).
Dr. Taylor, who has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education, management and the helping professions, hopes he can help Cowley’s faculty and staff better understand these young people and be able to more effectively recruit, retain, develop and teach the Generation NeXt students, and the other students they serve.
“Bring your whole self to school and stay with them” Taylor told the audience. “One problem can turn them away but one hand might help keep them.”
Sheree Utash, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, thought Taylor’s message was an important one.
“We really are dealing with a whole new group of students,” Utash said. “I think it’s important that everybody understands the differences and how important it is to create engagement and connection.”