Magazine article University Business

Students Are Serious about Social Responsibility

Magazine article University Business

Students Are Serious about Social Responsibility

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THERE'S BEEN MUCH SAID ABOUT the Millennial Generation--they've had parents dote on them, praise them, and demand perfection in return. They are the next "great" generation, according to demographers, who have warned all who have gone before that members of this up-and-coming group are entering college and the workforce expecting instant gratification and the ability to make a difference before paying their dues.

Apparently not enough attention has been paid to this new generation's sense of social responsibility.

According to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, 83 percent of the 264,000 incoming college freshmen surveyed in fall 2005 had volunteered during the previous 12 months. This is the highest percentage in the 40 years that CIRP has been conducting its Freshman Survey. CIRP, which is part of the Higher Educational Research Institute, based at the University of California, Los Angeles, also reports that 66 percent of this same surveyed student group say it is very important to help others who are having difficulties--the highest percentage in 25 years.

"The Indian Ocean tsunami occurred during their high school senior year, and Hurricane Katrina hit the southern Gulf Region in August, as many students began college," says John Pryor of CIRP. …

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