ERIC Number: ED022423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Student Participation; What Happens When We Try It?
Magrath, C. Peter
Because student participation in university governance is already a reality and will inevitably become more widespread, the task for American colleges and universities is to move toward more formal and institutionalized modes of student involvement. The experience of Brown University, which moved from essentially informal to formal student participation in making and enforcing rules regarding student conduct provides insight into the problems of structuring this change. There, an Advisory Committee on Student Conduct was appointed. It surveyed by questionnaire the attitudes of undergraduates, their parents, faculty and alumni toward conduct issues; canvassed procedures at a sample of other schools, took testimony from university officials and faculty and student organizations and individuals, and received numerous written communications. In the end, the Committee, consisting of faculty, student and administration representatives, voted unanimously on 28 recommendations that were overwhelmingly endorsed by the faculty, students, trustees, and administrators. The recommendations divided into those proposing new substantive rules and those proposing structural arrangements for making and enforcing future rules. In academic and curricular matters, students should have an advisory role, and channels should be established for the communication of their opinions. (JS)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, College Curriculum, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Participation
Americam Council on Education, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington D.C. 20036
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at 51st Annual Meeting of American Council on Education, 1968; to be published in THE FUTURE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, John Caffrey, ed.