Masters Thesis

A Historical perspective on student government

Student government organizations within higher education systems serve as the official voice for students attending any designated institution. Student government organizations are put in place for the purpose of representing higher education institution's student body in institutional, external, and internal affairs. Most student government organizations consist of both an executive board, usually elected by the attending student body, and a board of directors or senators either elected or appointed to represent the student population. The student leaders serve the student body and ensure that student interests are being represented at their respective institution, while working to create policies and programs with the intention of encouraging success within the student life on campus. Student governments help faculty, staff and administrators determine and address all academic and non-academic issues that students may have. The student government organization is the official voice of the students so they should be completely involved in all decisions affecting the students as a whole. Student fees for student government organizations can range based on the size of the campus and can only be increased through a referendum and passed by a majority vote of the serving student body. Also discussed are reasons for student governments to consider the benefits of becoming an auxiliary organization. Student government representatives are elected or appointed every year to ensure that students are being well represented. The unique aspect of student government leaders is that the students they represent have elected them to protect them. Individuals who are not in student government are not privileged to the same information that of a student government representative. For college students, this paper will serve as a guide in order to establish a student government on the respective campus.

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