The Impact of Millennials on Community College Instruction

Sandra C. Coyner, University of Akron Main Campus
Nasser Razek, University of Dayton

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As a leader in serving diverse postsecondary student populations, the community college is renowned as a bastion for effective teaching and learning. Absorbing a growing number of traditional age college students, community colleges have witnessed a change in student characteristics. Such change is mainly characterized by the recent appearance of Millennial students. The Millennials’ increasing presence poses some instructional questions for college administrators and instructors. Should instructional techniques be altered to better meet the expectations of this new generation of postsecondary students? If so, what impact might those changes have on the nontraditional students? To answer these questions, perhaps the best way would be to examine the changing characteristics of today’s community college students and consider the potential implications for instruction.