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The 19th century American theologian and

author James Freeman Clarke is credited with

coining the phrase, “A politician thinks of the

next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”

Although higher education in this country

is currently embattled on many fronts, that should

not distract us from looking years ahead to figure

out how we can prepare for new generations of


One of those upcoming generations has been

labeled “Generation Alpha,” a term crafted by

Mark McCrindle, an Australian social researcher,

demographer and futurist. Unlike “Generation Z,”

born in the mid 1990s and who are today’s college

students, generation alpha consists of those born

after 2010 – and 2.5 million of them are born every

week around the world. They may be toddlers and

infants today, but this generation will be quite

different from the traditional college students we

are used to seeing.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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