ERIC Number: ED036256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
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The Relative Roles of Faculty and Students in Academic Decision-Making.
Pelczar, Michael Y., Jr.
Student-faculty participation in academic decision making should exclude those who see this process in terms of a power struggle. Though students have been effectively and productively involved in decision making for generations, the current demand for multi-level involvement differs because it represents a grasp for student power. If decision making includes the collection and interpretation of facts, students and faculty are equally qualified to do the first, but faculty by virtue of experience may be more qualified to do the latter. However, students and faculty can work together to develop sound solutions to university problems. As Kingman Brewster has stated: the great majority of students do not want to spend much of their time and energy in the guidance of governance of their university. In addition, it is important to recognize that a student generation lasts for only four years and students are therefore not accountable for the policies they help devise. While students should serve along with faculty on university committees, their role in decision making should be limited to policies that will have short-range effects. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969