ERIC Number: ED045076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Scope of Organized Student Protest in Junior Colleges.
Junior colleges, compared with 4-year colleges and secondary schools, experience little student dissent. The extent of protest at junior colleges, however, is underestimated by junior college administrators, faculty, and the general public. In a survey of 841 junior college deans of students, 231 (37.7 per cent of the 613 who responded) reported 1.586 incidents of student protest during the 1968-69 academic year. The most frequent issues were: (1) student-administration affairs regarding institutional services, dress and living regulations, and grievance procedures; (2) off-campus interests in military service and civil rights; (3) instruction; (4) faculty; and (5) freedom of expression. The greatest percentage of students, however, protested tuition charges, residence and student drinking regulations, and mandatory attendance at school functions. While geographic location is not related to student activism, the larger and urban junior colleges have more protests than smaller and rural or suburban colleges. To minimize the number and severity of protests, it is necessary to develop effective communications between students and college officials to make necessary instructional and institutional reforms, and to give students and faculty more power in governing their affairs. The junior colleges must examine their philosophies and goals in an effort to be increasingly responsive to student and community needs. (CA)
Descriptors: Activism, Demonstrations (Civil), Social Action, Student Alienation, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student College Relationship, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.