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ERIC Number: ED031138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 8
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Student and University Governance.
Shoben, Edward Joseph, Jr.
It is necessary to provide organizational and political bases from which genuine student influence can be exercised if we assume that (1) extensive and meaningful participation by students in university governance is likely to be a permanent feature of academic life; (2) participation legitimately represents serious student concerns and provides a channel for their contributions; (3) construction of suitable machinery for greater participation is the only process by which students can become fully committed members of the academic community. To be effective, forms of representation must be personalized and demonstrably linked to humane goals. One possible governance arrangement conceives of the central administration as analogous to the federal executive, and the Faculty Senate and Student Assembly as upper and lower houses of the legislature. Service in the Assembly would be tied to special related academic programs and awarded academic credit. To ensure that the Assembly was truly representative, the student body would be divided into "districts" of about 100-200 members who would elect a representative to the Assembly. Districts would be organized around common ideological interests. Judicial functions could be exercised in a variety of ways, involving, perhaps, distinctive trial courts and appellate tribunals. These provisions briefly outline one response to the fundamental question of what constitutes the appropriate basis of authority in the contemporary university. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.