“Generation Z”: the still-mysterious yet wildly important generation that has worked its way into the Higher Ed sphere. While their predecessors, the Millennials, are “the most researched generation in history” according to Vision Critical, we’re still figuring out how Gen Z will behave in the real world, and how their departure from the Millennial mentality will affect Higher Education operations.
The 2017 undergraduate lives and breathes social media. Walking around campus, studying in the library, eating in the dining hall, checking out the A cappella show, and (gasp!) even in class, students are checking Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. YouTube is the logical next step for the student who’s trying to craft the school’s most stellar Halloween costume, and the computer science student who can’t handle his school’s network speeds will naturally escalate his complaints to Twitter.
During the past decade, sweeping technological innovations and student demands began rapidly outpacing traditional educational methods. The impacts of these changes have continued to expand and academic and residential networks across college campuses have felt the pressure rise.