ERIC Number: ED039852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
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The Impact of Activist Students in Changing the Governance and Culture of the Campus.
Activist students have made a positive impact on several areas of higher education. (1) Activist campaigns have revealed deficiencies in institutional governance and pointed out many undemocratic methods, structures and processes. (2) Activism has led to increased participation by students in policy and decision making. (3) With increased student participation has come a decline of institutions in loco parentis, which has promoted students to become self-directive in their search for moral standards and meanings. (4) Activists have severely weakened, if not destroyed, the myth which formerly all but deified the professoriate. (5) Activists' disdain for "Scientific Man" is stimulating efforts to restore MAN as the subject of basic study and concern. (6) Activism has sharpened the political and social awareness of college and high school students. Two negative effects of activism have been the growing belief that destruction and violence are legitimate as long as they proceed from a personal commitment to a "just" cause, and the fanning of already present tendencies to repress free inquiry and expression. It is likely that the full impact of activism is yet to come. (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 3, 1970