ERIC Number: ED039847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Is Increased Participation in Decision Making Enough?
Susman, Warren I.
Much of the student rebellion has been attributed to the impersonality of the academic institution, and through the 1960's it was believed that all problems could be solved through increased student participation on college and university committees. Though increased participation has met with some success, it is by no means the major reform in governance that is needed to make academic institutions more responsive to current needs. Student representation has not really been representative of the student body; the membership of governing bodies has been changed, but the nature and function of the university has not been defined. Perhaps, instead of ignoring the students, the university has traditionally been too protective of students. The time has come for the university to withdraw as completely as possible from all nonacademic areas of student life and welfare, and transfer responsibility to the students themselves. If the university abandons some of its welfare state role, it may be able to concentrate more on learning and teaching or possibly extending educational opportunity more widely. And in rethinking its welfare function, the university should not only think of the students, but of the greater needs of the whole community. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th national conference of the American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970