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ERIC Number: ED031214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-14
Pages: 21
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Proposed Junior College Administrative Action and Reaction to the Student Activist.
Anders, Don F.
This study examined student activists and their characteristics, demands, and goals. Student politics no longer retain only their traditional liberalism, but include many philosophies--idealism, revolution, conservatism, reaction, etc. Four traits shared by the activists were a desire to master frustration rather than conform, a will to change society, a tendency to introspection, and a willingness to risk future success for immediate ideals. The author relates the history and goals of several of the more radical groups, their activities on the campus, and their nationwide impact. As they extend their influence from the university to the junior college, administrators must prepare for them by understanding the reasons for their demands and adopting policies to prevent violence. Clear grievance procedures and recognition of due process would head off most disruption. Of possible reactions by a governing board--confrontation, confusion, and confidence--only the last could treat the problem with reason and judgment, being open-minded to honest dissension and condemning anarchy. The author concluded that administration must (1) learn more about the student's academic and private life, (2) appreciate non-cognitive and non-verbal behavior, (3) drop its authority in loco parentis, (4) cultivate trust in the student, and (5) grant him more say in planning his educational future. (HH)
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Note: Seminar paper