Understanding, Teaching and Serving Today's Students
Managing in the Multigenerational Workplace
The young people of Generation NeXt (up to about 26 years old) are different from previous generations of students. Few schools, colleges and universities understand these differences well enough to respond effectively to bring about meaningful learning and developmental outcomes. Businesses may have difficulty incorpoating them into productive workplace roles. Businesses- follow the link at left to "Workplace programs".)
The products of a technology rich, consumer driven culture, Generation NeXt presents special challenges to the purposes, structures and methods of educational systems; challenges complicated by the generational differences between these young people and the Traditionals, Baby Boomers and Xers who predominate faculty and staff.
For most students there is a serious mismatch between what they want and expect from a school, and what we offer. The expectations by many students of academic success with little effort is distressing and confusing to faculty and staff. Few in academia report seeing the much anticipated "Millennial generation" in significant numbers (conventional conformists respectful of social norms and institutions, trusting of adults, focused on grades and performance, etc.) and many are troubled by the difficulty they are having helping students persist to meaningful learning outcomes, and to graduation.
My programs on Meet Generation NeXt- Understanding Today's Learners and workshops on Teaching Today's Learners are resonating with faculty, staff and administrations at K-12 schools, community and technical colleges, public universities, professional schools and private colleges around the country and in Canada, as well as at conferences and meetings. These programs and workshops help school and college personnel better understand our students from Generation NeXt to more effectively recruit, retain, develop and teach them, and the other students we serve. Specific suggestions and methods are offered to improve services and instruction, both school-wide and for specific audiences from admissions to alumni affairs.
Programs are available from a keynote of under an hour, to longer workshops, to an extended sequence of trainings or consulting relationship. Sessions are individualized to each school and audience, or can be the central stream of a meeting or conference.
Use the tabs at left or contact Dr. Taylor directly to learn more about programs for your school or meeting.
Dr. Mark Taylor is an award winning speaker recognized internationally as an educator, expert and consultant who is on the forefront of transformations in educational practice and workplace management.
As an authority on the traits, developmental issues and learning outcomes of today’s young people, he is dedicated to helping colleges, universities, schools and professional programs better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world.
His work with organizations and companies focuses on helping people understand and work more effectively with the generational groups, especially our young people from "Generation NeXt".
Building on over 30 years of experience in higher education, health care and the helping professions, including as a psychotherapist, professor, and in medical, academic and student services administration, Dr. Taylor has worked with over 600 organizations, businesses and schools in 48 states, and made presentations at numerous state, regional, national, and international events. Publications include numerous book chapters, invited pieces, and articles in professional journals including his recent articles on "Teaching Generation NeXt" and chapter in the latest edition of New Directions for Teaching and Learning on Leveraging Social Media in instruction.
Business clients have included Boeing Aerospace, 20th Century Fox Motion Pictures, Wal-Mart, FEMA and the U.S. Army.
Dr. Taylor holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and academic appointments at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School.
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