ERIC Number: ED034511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Faculty and Students, or Faculty Versus Students.
McGehee, Nan E.
In an attempt to discover why students are demanding participation in the decision-making processes of the university, the author examines four of the most common issues they have raised: (1) student conduct codes and disciplinary procedures. This is an area in which modern college students reject institutional authority; (2) a voice in the hiring, promotion, and discharge decisions with reference to faculty, and sometimes administrators. This issue seems to stem from students' concern with instructional quality; (3) curriculum planning. A major concern is for the relevance of undergraduate education to students' needs, goals, and lives in general; and (4) admissions and graduation requirements, grading systems, and other matters which lead to certification. Today's students come to college with the intent of learning "how to make life good to live" rather than "how to live the good live." Because students and faculty are more heterogeneous than before, are more aware of social issues, and are less patient with the traditionally slow academic pace, it would seem that the goals of colleges need to be changed from those stated 20 years ago. Conflicts seem to stem from the college goals perceived by faculty and administration as opposed to those seen as appropriate by students. When communication among faculty, students and administration breaks down, or the students are unable to bring about changes by going through regular channels, then demonstrations take place. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech given before the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Chicago, Illinois, November 10-12, 1969