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Teaching a New Generation of Students
From the Executive Director
Today’s college students are both like and unlike those of previous generations. They bring with them similar aspirations for personal growth and development, but with increasing pressures to gain an education that provides a path to a profession. Among this group are many first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities, along with students from abroad, veterans, prison inmates, and students with disabilities. The challenges that faculty members now encounter in their classrooms require concerted and collaborative efforts to help all students achieve academic success, especially those who need increased academic support.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the college classroom of the future will become more diverse than ever in our history. Are colleges and universities prepared to educate increasing numbers of historically underrepresented students? In what ways will increased student diversity influence classroom conversations, or the types of courses offered within the curriculum? How will faculty members respond to students with varied backgrounds and experiences that may differ from their own? How can colleges and universities promote the retention, progress, and success of first-generation students?
Other student populations are equally in need of special attention. Many veterans are now enrolling in college after their military service. Transfer students, especially those making the transition from two-year to four-year institutions, often struggle to adjust to the social and academic culture of a new college or university. Commuter students are often left out of conversations about campus community. Students with disabilities require extra assistance to support their educational goals. Finally, there is growing interest in offering college courses to prison inmates, with the aim of breaking the cycle of recidivism. How is higher education responding to the needs of this diverse set of students?
The 2016 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, examined these challenging questions by drawing on the collective expertise of scholars, educators, practitioners, and administrators. The sessions were held at three FRN member institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.
In this fourteenth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.
Debra M. Szybinski
Executive Director, Faculty Resource Network
Diversifying Learning Strategies to Meet Millennials Where They Learn Best
Excerpts from a presentation by Lynette Ralph, Xavier University of Louisiana, Pamela Waldron-Moore, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Adrian Woods, Xavier University of Louisiana.
Diversity and Inclusion at a 21st-Century Historically Black University: What Cultural Competency Can Teach Us about incorporating non-citizen Latino/a students at HBCUs
Excerpts from a presentation by Kai Burkins, Johnson C. Smith University, Dezette C. Johnson, Johnson C. Smith University, Terza Silva Lima-Neves, Johnson C. Smith University, and Tonya M. Williams, Johnson C. Smith University.
Enabling College Inclusion in a Special Education STEM Program for Students with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Excerpts from a presentation by Melanie Greene, Pace University, and James Lawler, Pace University.
Engineering Course Success Through Interactive Engagement
Excerpts from a presentation by Felicia Fullilove, Spelman College, Lisa Hibbard, Spelman College, and Leyte L. Winfield, Spelman College.
How Faculty Can Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom Through the Use of Emerging Technology and Digital Media
Excerpts from a presentation by Sheila T. Gregory, Clark Atlanta University.
Integrating Global Competencies into the Curriculum
Excerpts from a presentation by Cynthia S. Wiseman, Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Pathways to Student Engagement and Success in the Classroom
Excerpts from a presentation by Richard Vogel, Farmingdale State College.
Preparing the New (Global) Generation of Students: Study-Abroad Strategies for a New Generation of Students
Excerpts from a presentation by Jeffrey Gaab, Farmingdale State College, State University of New York.
Promoting Success of Underrepresented Students in Science: Strategies, Approaches, and Lessons Learned
Excerpts from a presentation by Louise Hainline, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Gail Horowitz, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Peter Lipke, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, TR Muth, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Lori Sims, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Research Aligned Mentorships and the New Generation of Students
Excerpts from a presentation by Erwin Cabrera, Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, and Beverly L. Kahn, Farmingdale State College, State University of New York.
Standing on the Box You’ve Built: Using Technology and Learning Tools to Build Knowledge and Agency Among 21st-Century Students at HBCUs
Excerpts from a presentation by Catherine L. Adams, University of the Virgin Islands, and Lawanda Cummings, University of the Virgin Islands.
Strategies for Student Success through Living, Learning, and Knowing Self
Excerpts from a presentation by Karen Brakke, Spelman College, Jimmeka Guillory, Spelman College, and Sandra Sims Patterson, Spelman College.
Successful Teaching and Engagement Using Technology
Excerpts from a presentation by April D. Lundy, Clark Atlanta University, Rosalee Martin, Huston-Tillotson University, Alice E. Stephens, Clark Atlanta University.
Teaching International Students: Strategies for Teaching Saudi Students
Excerpts from a presentation by Veda Jairrels, Clark Atlanta University.
Using Geospatial Education and Geographic Information Science (GISc) Technologies to Enhance Student Engagement in Research Aligned Mentorship Opportunities
Excerpts from a presentation by Emily A. Fogarty, Farmingdale State College, State University of New York.