ERIC Number: ED034479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May-22
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The Role of the Student in College and University Government.
If an institution of higher education is to function, it is necessary that all components--trustees, administration, faculty, and students--fulfill their individual responsibilities. However, students cannot fulfill their responsibilities for self-development unless they are allowed certain rights and freedoms. Any college or university can benefit from the talents of its students. To facilitate their involvement, institutions should: 1) provide for more information exchange; 2) consult with students; and 3) give students decision-making responsibility in many areas of university life and complete responsibility for some areas of student life. As "consumers" of institutional services, students should be heard on all academic matters that concern them. The proper student role in non-academic life is difficult to discover, but a good beginning can be made in intensive cooperative study--such as that at Brown University and Pembroke College. A great deal of misunderstanding between students and the local community might be avoided by instituting channels of communication. Students have valid complaints about the conditions of the country and should not hesitate to offer considered approaches to solving our problems. There is no group better qualified to improve the colleges and universities than the students in them. (DS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.
Note: Address delivered at the Symposium on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, California State College, Los Angeles, May 22, 1968