ERIC Number: ED036255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
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The Relative Roles of Faculty and Students in Decision-Making.
Spurr, Stephen H.
Although student participation in academic decision making has become generally acceptable, there is still controversy about who has the ultimate decision-making authority within the university: the faculty or students. Historically, universities based on faculty power, prevalent in northern Europe and the US, have in general been governed by consensus methods and have been productive in scholarship, while universities in which student influence is strong have become highly politicized and have generally ceased to be academically distinguished. The US university has been based on the "generational concept" in which the faculty alone are the enfranchised citizens of the community and students pay for the privilege of attending the institution. Students are objecting to that concept and see the university more as a city-state in which there should be only one class of citizen, with equal rights in the decision-making process. When the faculty attempts to compromise on these issues, it may compromise on the principles on which the university is based. Direct and formal student involvement is desirable. But, in the final analysis, the faculty must determine what standards of behavior are to be required of all in the interest of the continued existence and development of the university. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969