ERIC Number: ED039848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Reflections on New Configurations in Campus Governance.
Wise, W. Max
Changes in college government generally incorporate the following features: (1) they provide structural means for the expression of opinion, (often the right to vote) to representatives of groups hitherto underrepresented or unrepresented on decision-making bodies; (2) they are intended to make the decision-making process more explicit, and more visible; and (3) they generally retain separate faculty and student governmental structures. These changes tend to reflect more accurately the actual conditions of power and authority on campus. Whereas the issue of student and faculty participation in decision making has been extensively explored, the roles of the president, his associates, and the board of trustees have been largely ignored. If boards of trustees were eliminated, as some have suggested, external groups would gain further power over collegiate institutions, and the parochialism and self-interest so often manifested by faculty and students would increase and conflict with external forces. Boards of trustees should become more representative of diverse social and economic groups and better informed about their institutions. The president should assume responsibility for providing adequate information to the institution's decision making bodies. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th national conference of the American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970