Students at the Table: A Framework for Institutional Change

Maria Marion Wright (Pepperdine University, USA) and Norris Edney (University of Mississippi, USA)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 225
EISBN13: 9781668449295|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8463-7.ch010
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This chapter explores the benefits of involving students in institutional decision making. The authors describe an action research project conducted at a public institution that involved a working group of students, faculty, and administrators researching and cocreating solutions to develop a more inclusive and equitable environment for learning and student development. The university gained direct insight from the students' viewpoints, and students earned course credit while gaining skills in research methods, leadership, communication, negotiation, and writing. The collaborative, cocurricular experience resulted in the development of a center for cross-cultural engagement on campus. The authors also discuss considerations for this model. Institutions must demonstrate a firm commitment to addressing the issues they investigate by providing sufficient resources and recognizing the labor inherent in the transformative leadership of the community members who work to create institutional change.
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