Panel I

Characteristics of Freshman and Transfer Students




By Dr. Mabel Freeman



Whether we call them “Generation Y,” “Echo Boomers,” or “Millennials,” today’s entering college students do not arrive on campus with the same background, intentions, or expectations that most of our university faculty had when they were college students twenty and thirty years ago.  The adolescent patterns are different; the family patterns are different; the demographics are different; the goals are different.  On most of our campuses, it has traditionally been the Student Affairs staff who have been tuned into the changing student patterns.  Academics are beginning to focus on these changing patterns as we consider different classroom paradigms which focus more on how today’s students learn.  Our panel will examine the characteristics and experiences of these children of the Baby Boomers and how we can positively influence their college performance.