ERIC Number: ED477917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Perspectives on the Role of Student Trustees in California Community Colleges.
This paper explores the roles and responsibilities of student trustees in California Community Colleges from two perspectives, that of a student representative and that of a trustee member of the governing board. The different views reflect different assumptions about the student trustee position. The concerns expressed include frustration about limits on the student trustee role, disagreements over whether or not the student trustee is a representative of or advocate for the student body, disagreements over the extent to which the student trustee is considered to be a regular member of the board, the ability of the student to productively contribute to the board, and the time and support that should be devoted to the student trustee position. Student trustees have been members of local community college governing boards since 1977. The students in a district select student members in accordance with procedures prescribed by the governing board. Boards, as well as college administrators, establish the environment and expectations for student trustees. The report concludes with the assertion that in order to create and sustain an environment in which student trustees can be effective, it is important that districts clarify and make public their expectations and provide appropriate support. (RC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Governing Boards, Student Attitudes, Student Government, Student Leadership, Trustees, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.ccleague.org/strole.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Coll. League of California, Sacramento.
Note: Developed by the Advisory Committee on Education Services.