ERIC Number: ED052770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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An Experiment in Participatory Student Government.
Benson, Laurence L.
Tallahassee Community College (Florida) can serve as an example of how a student government failed and was successfully resurrected. The initial problem was in adopting rather than adapting the traditional pattern of student government practiced in 4-year institutions. The failure symptoms were: no real authority for student government; indifferent student body; ad-hoc student groups that bypassed their government; elections that were largely popularity contests; real issues skirted while attention was given to procedural matters; and lack of mechanism to replace officers who resigned. To regain the commitment of the whole school, a new student government constitution had to be ratified by a majority of students, administration, and faculty; two faculty and two administrators were made full voting members of the Student Executive Council; students were to hold a majority and a student was always to be chairman. The powers and duties of the council are to: allocate and approve student activities budget; work in conjunction with the inter-organization council; appoint student representatives to the College Senate committees; act as liaison between students, faculty, administrators, with other campuses, and with regional and national affiliations of student government associations; make proposals and recommendations to appropriate authorities; and act as an Appeal Board for student conduct and discipline cases with the Dean of Student Affairs serving as chairman. (CA)
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Authoring Institution: Tallahassee Community Coll., FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida