Student governance and activism: implications for higher education and student affairs

SOURCE: Student affairs and services in higher education: global foundations, issues, and best practices
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.Luescher
SOURCE EDITOR(S): R.B.Ludeman
KEYWORDS: GOVERNANCE, HIGHER EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11721
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15787
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15787

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Abstract

Student governance is one of the most challenging domains of SAS because it is a politically involved and sensitive function that affects all students and is directed not only towards the student body but the institution as a whole as well as the broader political context within which a university is placed. And yet, student affairs literature related to student governance tends to be rather partial. Unlike other domains of SAS like student counselling, which is underpinned by a vast body of theoretical literature and disciplinary knowledge, literature on student governance tends to be very narrow and practitioner-focused, referring to distinct professional services and to related organizational units and activities only, without much attempt at a deeper understanding, conceptualisation, and theorisation.