Dean Kennedy recently returned from the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) annual conference where he presented on two topics: Developing a Comprehensive Department Assessment Plan and Generation Z.
As a three-hour pre-convention workshop, Kennedy was able to share the work of Taylor Tackett, coordinator of conduct and assessment in Housing and Residence Life, and the Department of Housing and Residence Life from the past several years while guiding administrators from around the world in developing assessment plans for their departments. Tackett was unable to attend the conference but has led the assessment initiatives in Housing and Residence Life since 2014.
Kennedy also presented two sessions on Generation Z, the next generation of college students, following Millennials. One session was designed to share information about Generation Z based on recent literature and research, including data from EdR, the developer constructing the new Honors College and Sawtooth Hall in partnership with Boise State. In the second session, Kennedy facilitated a conversation with practitioners and faculty from around world to solicit interest in collaborating on research initiatives to learn more about Generation Z so we can best support them as they attend college. Several research topics were brainstormed and “research teams” developed with the hope of presenting at future conferences and/or publishing journal articles to help inform practice.