The Institutionalisation of Student Representation and Student Activism- An Essay

The Institutionalisation of Student Representation and Student Activism- An Essay

by Anna Gevorgyan

 Student representation is a relatively new case, yet its relevance and impact on enhancement of democratic practices within higher education institutions is debated. Some authors would argue that student participation exemplifies the democratisation of universities, with positive effect on their active citizenship (Bergan, 2004; Boland, 2005; Klemenčič, 2011). Others would argue that formalisation of student participation in the decision making has been a sort of co-optation of their activism in the long sixties and was regarded as a way to ‘to diffuse their activism and pacify their voices’(Kezar, no date, p. 93; Luescher-Mamashela, 2010). These views seem to be at odds with one another, yet are indicative that some transformations have been underway. To find out what these transformations have entailed and to what extent they have impacted student representation will be central to this paper.  Image retrieved from https://bit.ly/38aWAlf