ERIC Number: ED045003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Should Students Share the Power? A Study of their Role in College and University Governance.
McGrath, Earl J.
Revolutionary changes are occurring in the structure of government in American colleges and universities, and some of the most significant changes are related to the role of students in academic governance. This book reviews (1) the history and present practices of student involvement in governance: the early student and faculty guilds, the rise of paternalism, the indirect influence students have always exerted, and the successful experiences at Antioch and in Canadian universities; (2) the arguments for and against student participation which include on the one side the sophistication of students today, the need to educate students for a democratic living, the abolition of in loco parentis, and the possibility that students can help to improve instruction and higher education as a whole, and on the other side the fear that students will dominate academia, the immaturity of students, their brief involvement in the institution, their ignorance of professional values, and interference with study and employment; and (3) problems of student participation, including selection methods and voting rights, and techniques for achieving this participation, which include restructuring academic government, specific preparation for governmental services, and making it feasible to the students. The appendix includes some tables on student participation in selected policy-making bodies. A bibliography concludes the book. (AF)
Descriptors: Activism, Administration, College Administration, College Students, Decision Making, Governance, Higher Education, Student College Relationship, Student Interests, Student Participation
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pa. ($2.45)
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