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ERIC Number: ED047662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan-19
Pages: 24
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Student Government and Student Participation in Junior College Governance--Models for the 1970's.
Deegan, William L.
It is the author's contention that student government revitalization will come only when student government begins to play a substantive role in policy making and implementation. The purpose of this paper is to consider, criticize, and propose a number of models for student participation in junior college governance. The first, a traditional model, which sees student government as an educational experience, is rejected on the grounds of paternalism and because it is "in loco parentis." The second, a jurisdictional model is rejected because of its emphasis on increased fragmentation and the potential for confrontations of positions arrived at with little prior communication. The author prefers three participatory models. The first is a federal model with a faculty senate, student assembly, and administrative executive, and with established procedures for intercommunication. The second is a delineation of areas of primary responsibility for faculty, administration, and students. The third, and most controversial model, is a "college senate" with faculty and students as voting members. It is stressed that the administration is still a key component in governance and that the models should not seek to eliminate the voice of the administrators or reduce their role to that of token errand boy. In the end, only abilities and rationality of trustees, faculty, students, and administrators will determine the success or failure of any given model. (CA)
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