New book paints portrait of today's PSE student

August 21, 2012

In their forthcoming book, Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student, Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean explore the many significant differences between today's students and their predecessors. The biggest change the writers describe is technology -- how it has rewired students' lives and reshaped their expectations (and experience) of PSE. As rendered by the authors, today's students are wired to a variety of technological devices and forming friendships through their own means, yet they often find face-to-face interactions difficult and struggle to understand the boundary between public and private. PSE institutions, the writers insist, must do more to embrace teaching methods that best serve today's ultra-wired generation. "A majority of students we have want colleges to be more digital, they prefer blended courses," Levine says. "This is difficult for colleges, but the world is moving in this direction. If colleges want to remain relevant, they have to change." The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)