ERIC Number: ED029563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
"Student Participation in Campus Government."
Mitau, G. Theodore
There is no doubt that US institutions of higher education are often encrusted with traditions to the point where they no longer meet contemporary faculty and student needs. It is high time for educators in the US to admit that there is much merit in student desires for participatory campus governance, without which colleges and universities may cease to exist as viable and dynamic centers of intellectual growth. But the students' right to speak, protest, organize, and demonstrate for greater social justice and their perception of a more mature society must be safeguarded within the framework of campus law. Three considerations are offered that could ensure continuous inter-communication between students, faculty, and administrators. First, each campus should have an up-to-date table of organization that reveals the major decision-making agencies and responsible personnel. Second, each student leader should have a clear-cut understanding of his campus organization, and take responsibility for explaining it to his fellow students. Third, student leaders and faculty members should be continuously informed on the status of their suggestions, petitions, and requests in the campus governmental structure. A part of the educational experience should be experimentation with structures within which students, faculty, and administrators may solve problems in an environment of mutual respect and trust. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Coll. Board, St. Paul.
Note: Paper presented to Student Convocation, St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, Minnesota, February 18, 1969