ERIC Number: ED034478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-8
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Student Participation in Campus Governance.
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
The concept underlying the research discussed in this paper is that governance has to do with the perceptions of campus problems held by different groups and the perceptions of those who are knowledgeable and influential in dealing with these problems. Data were collected from over 3,000 persons on 19 selected campuses, and more than 900 interviews were held with students, faculty, administrators, department chairmen, and trustees. At some institutions, the administration and faculty favored student participation on the ground that better decisions would result, while at others students were placed on major committees merely to "take the heat off." Administrators at some institutions asserted that students should have absolutely no say in the governance of the institution, while some at others gave students more responsibility than they were willing to accept. In most situations, student participation in governance has worked well, but problems that they face include the inflexibility of some administrative structures the lack of information on budgetary and other fiscal matters, and the diversity of student bodies for whom no one student representative can speak. However, data show that students are more concerned about the quality of teaching than are faculty or administrators, and because of this reason they are needed to improve the quality of university decision-making. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Based partially on the American Association for Higher Education's Campus Governance Project