After the Baby Boomers came the Gen Xers, and now it’s the Millennials, or that population cohort born between 1982 and 2001. Exceeding the Boomers in sheer numbers, they are becoming a moving force in all sectors of society. Exhibiting a set of core traits significantly at odds with their predecessors, they are sometimes referred to as the “next great collegiate generation” and, as such, are having a profound effect on higher education space and services. This article explores Millennials in their historical context, identifies ways they are making their presence felt, and suggests how they are beginning to reshape higher education facilities.
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