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Generational Shockwaves And The Implications For Higher Education

Donald E. Heller , Madeleine B. d’ Ambrosio

Edited by Donald E. Heller, Dean, College of Education, Michigan State University, US and Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio, Vice President, TIAA-CREF Institute, US

In Association with TIAA-CREF
2008 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 049 4
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 504 8

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‘The Baby Boom generation did much to drive the transformation of American higher education that occurred in the 1960s. That extraordinary impact has invited many to think about how succeeding generations have challenged and will continue to challenge the assumptions and practices of educational institutions. This volume explores the significance of this “generational perspective” through observations from a variety of practitioners and observers of higher education. With stances ranging from unbridled enthusiasm to measured skepticism about the significance of generational change, these authors are sure to provide new insights to any thoughtful reader.’
– Michael S. McPherson, President, The Spencer Foundation, US

Contributors: F.K. Alexander, H.M. Allison, Jr., C.A. Cartwright, M.B. d’Ambrosio, R.G. Ehrenberg, M. Finkelstein, D.W. Harward, M. Heckler, D.E. Heller, N. Howe, D.B. Johnstone, R. Klein-Collins, V. Martin Conley, V.J. Michelich, R. Nadler, K.E. Redd, P. Snyder, K. Steinberg, W. Strauss, T.A. Sullivan, C.A. Trower

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This volume, part of the TIAA-CREF Institute Series on Higher Education, is based on a national conference convened by the Institute in November 2007. The generational issues that were the focus of the conference raise both risks and opportunities with the potential to profoundly affect our cultural environment, both inside and outside academe.

Baby Boomers, in their roles as students, parents, professors and administrators, transformed the American higher education system. As Boomers near retirement, Generation X and the Millennials are building on those contributions and making their own impacts. This volume sheds light on a current front-burner issue in higher education: managing the melding of generations, each with its unique needs and approaches to teaching and learning. The result of discussions among presidents, provosts, and other senior-level leaders from the higher education community, as well as the scholarship of leading academics, this lucid and engaging volume addresses intergenerational shifts and their wide-ranging implications for higher education including relevant risks and opportunities for consideration by campus leaders.

The type of institution represented in these discussions ranges from small teaching-focused institutions to community colleges and large comprehensive research institutions. The authors offer senior leadership a deeper understanding of these generational challenges and opportunities and provide them with new and actionable information to enhance decision-making and inform strategic planning. They offer scholars new research questions to examine and provide insights to enhance effective reporting on higher education issues. Higher education presidents, chancellors, provosts, CFOs, faculty, researchers and policymakers will find this volume to be of significant value.

Full table of contents


Herbert M. Allison, Jr.

Donald E. Heller

1. Generations of Americans: A Big Picture Look at the Future of Higher Education
Neil Howe, William Strauss and Reena Nadler

2. Perspectives from the Presidency
D. Bruce Johnstone

3. Generation X: Redefining the Norms of the Academy
Ronald G. Ehrenberg

4. Young Faculty and their Impact on Academe
Cathy A. Trower

5. The Impact of the Millennials on Higher Education
Donald W. Harward

6. Attracting and Retaining Students: Challenges and Opportunities for Today and Tomorrow
Kenneth E. Redd

7. Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of College Faculty: Negotiating the New Playing Field
Martin Finkelstein

8. Baby Boomers
Carol A. Cartwright

9. The ‘Boom’ Heard Round the Campus: How the Retirement of the Baby Boomers Will Affect Colleges and Universities
Karen Steinberg, Phyllis Snyder and Rebecca Klein-Collins

10. As Baby Boomers Retire
Valerie Martin Conley

11. Generational Impacts – The Views of Symposium Participants
Mark Heckler, Virginia Michelich, and Teresa A. Sullivan

12. Public Policy Reform and Expanding Societal Expectations
F. King Alexander


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