University Students of Tomorrow: Changing Experiences, Changing Expectations, Changing Brains

  • Neal F. Grandgenett University of Nebraska at Omaha
Keywords: Higher Education, Student Expectations, Future Trends


The rapid pace of technological change is becoming a catalyst to a growing group of college students who are essentially "digital natives." Metropolitan universities need to become aware that these students have considerably different experiences, expectations, and even brains than past students. Universities must carefully adjust their programs and teaching methods if they are to retain these students and prepare them for a digital society. This article describes the basis for this call to action.