Faculty Senate looks for ways
to reach out
Presentation on Generation Y targets interaction
By Jillanne Johnson
Learning to understand the values and attitudes
of the next generation is key to reaching students as individuals,
said Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, Thursday during
a Faculty Senate meeting.
Mills presented a study of Generation Y, those
students who were born in 1982 or later, to the faculty representatives.
His presentation included an analysis of the personalities and behaviors
of the newest students on campus.
Generation Y is socially responsible, finds
it important to stay connected to others and is tolerant and accepting
of difference, Mills said during his presentation.
Mills said the experiences and education of the
freshman class create many challenges for faculty. These students
entered TCU this fall with high ambitions but unrealistic ideas
about how to reach their goals, he said. They also have more access
to knowledge but understand less about how their academic careers
connect to their real lives than before, he said.
Because this generation values relationships more
than those before them, faculty need to increase the individual
interaction with students, Mills said.
TCU needs to respond by enhancing academic
engagement, addressing high risk behavior and preparing students
for life after graduation, Mills said.
Several faculty expressed concern that the current
reward system valued their research and teaching and did not provide
incentive for service. The faculty reward system is set up
for academic disconnect, Andy Fort, professor of religion,
Chancellor Michael Ferrari said some points will
be resolved in current issues like core curriculum reform. Others
will need to be addressed as other issues are resolved.
In other business, Art Busbey, associate professor
of geology who chaired the Computer and Technology Committee, briefed
faculty on the presentation he made to the chancellor Dec. 7, 2000,
concerning the universitys needs and priorities for technology.
of the top priorities of the Computer and Technology Committee,
which included faculty, staff and students are:
- building a centralized technology fund to help
in fund-raising issues
- revising the Intellectual Property Rights policy to specifically
relate to electronic ideas
- expanding the use of student ID cards to other, possibly off-campus