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  • drdianehamilton 12:56 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Entitlement, , , Millennial, , ,   

    Millennial Student Entitlement Issues 

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    The word Millennials is used to describe adults born between the years of 1980 and 2000.  They are also known as Generation Y.  Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me explained Millennials tend to be more self-focused and may expect to receive a lot of recognition. Sixty Minutes aired an interesting story titled The Millennials are Coming.  In this show, they explained how this younger generation expects good things and expects them with little effort. I have noticed that this sense of entitlement has carried into the online classroom setting.

    Most of my students are very respectful. They follow directions.  They ask questions with the proper tone.  However, there are a few that are more demanding.  Although I have not formally studied the age group of the students who demonstrate issues with entitlement, I have noticed that my older Baby Boomer students seem to demonstrate more respect.

    Some students become frustrated with expectations as they enter higher level programs.  Some of my students have managed to get through their undergraduate program with poor writing skills.  If I make comments about things that they need to work on for future assignments, some of them become upset or angry.  It is as if they expect to receive an A with very little effort.  They may make comments that express their indignation that I would even suggest that they might write “a lot” as two words, or indent a paragraph per APA guidelines.  I might even receive a note from them about how other professors did not mark down for certain things.

    I do not take that many points off for writing or APA-related issues. I teach business-related courses and should not have to make grammar or structure my main focus.  What is interesting to me is that their anger does not seem to be about the score received as much as the fact that I have pointed out something they have done incorrectly.

    Many students tell me that professors do not insert comments on their assignments. Perhaps that is why some of them react the way they do.  However, it seems to me that a graduate-level student should write at a graduate level.

    Based on the reaction I get from the younger students, I often wonder if some professors “let things go” in order to keep the peace.  I have spoken to other professors who perform peer-reviews and deal with conflict resolution.  They have told me that students will complain about many little things.  If students complain, professors must respond, and then that creates more of a hassle for them.

    The squeaky wheel may get the grease. If professors do not want to tell students the truth, for fear of reprimand, they may just let things slide.  My concern is that younger students’ entitlement issues have made them complain too easily and kept them from developing important skills.

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    • Rex 11:08 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As a student in your BA500 Management course, I found your instructions insightful and helpful.
      With that said, I am a non-millennial.
      Thanks!

  • drdianehamilton 4:57 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Christmas Gifts, Digital Camera, , , , , Gift Cards for Christmas, GPS, , , J C Penney, Millennial, , , , , Wii, XBox   

    Top 10 Gifts to Buy Millennials and Post-Baby Boomers for Christmas 

    The term Millennial is sometimes used very broadly to include any group since the Baby Boomer generation. I personally have resorted to using the term NewGens to refer to all of the post-Boomer generations.  NewGens can be a challenging group to please at Christmas time. 

    This group is used to technology and may expect instant gratification. In fact, anything based around technology or social media is hot!  Companies are doing some unique things to target this unique market.  Check out some interesting marketing being used by Coke, Gap, American Eagle and J C Penney by clicking here.  

    If you are having difficulty finding that perfect gift for that Gen X, Gen Y, Millennial, or (most easily stated) NewGen, consider the following:

    1. iTouch or iPad or just about anything Apple including Itunes gift cards
    2. Wii or XBox is still popular
    3. Clothing or Clothing Accessories
    4. Video Games
    5. It’s Not You It’s Your Personality – Books like this are always popular
    6. Gift Cards – Their popularity is expected to be high again this year – You can personalize them to make the more fun
    7. Digital Camera – video cameras are hot for making Youtube videos
    8. GPS
    9. DVD Gift Pack
    10. Traditional games like Pictionary or MadGab

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