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ERIC Number: ED031141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 15
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Student Participation in University Decision Making.
Morris, Arval A.
The causes of student rebellion against established social and educational systems are rooted in many forces that impinge upon their lives, 3 of which are rapid social change, affluence, and the fear of technological death. The firm conviction of "new left" activists --the third generation of radical, militant students-- is that they must do something about social problems that alienate human beings, such as poverty, racism, militarism, urbanization, and war. Believing themselves to be vitally affected by university policies and practices, students are claiming a democratic right to participate in institutional decision making. But within the university, each of the many communities should decide its own affairs, and conditions necessary for democracy do not exist. However, 3 areas in which just student demands could be met involve (1) voting on non-academic policy such as the right to control their private and social lives on campus, (2) voting on non-academic questions that concern the entire university community, such as allowing cars on campus, and (3) an effective voice in certain academic areas such as curriculum, effective teaching, examinations, and grading, on which they would not vote but could be consulted and, when possible, accommodated. The principle of consultation and accommodation would help to resolve the problem of student participation in decision making, make constructive use of students' energies, and protect colleges and universities from outside forces. (WM)
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