By Edward Guiliano, President, NY Inst. of Technology
"It's important that we begin planning for and building our knowledge today about the college students of tomorrow. It's a little daunting to realize that some of those students are being born at this very minute, and will turn 18 in the year 2030. In that not-too-distant year, we will welcome the Class of 2034 into the world of higher education.
"I call the new breed of students being born today "screeners." More than any generation before them, they will have spent much of their time in front of a screen. Watching, learning, playing, making friends, communicating, purchasing, designing, working. Of course we see strong indications of this behavior and mindset already, but today's students still use books, paper, and pencils in the classroom. According to neuroscientists, these up-and-coming screeners will have an uncanny ability to integrate an extraordinary range of disruptions, stimuli, and input at once. They will multitask more than any generation, they'll make decisions faster, and they'll connect the digital dots in creative ways to formulate new paradigms in learning, living, and working."