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The Status of Student Involvement in University Governance in Kenya, The case of public and private universities
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The Status of Student Involvement in University Governance in Kenya

The case of public and private universities



  • Aide EAN13 : 9782382340417
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This book examines the concept of the democratization of governance in
universities in Kenya with particular emphasis on students involvement in
governance processes and decision making. Data were collected from members of
the student community utilizing a structured self-administered questionnaire
and from purposively selected key informants and focus group discussants drawn
from Kenyatta University (representing the public sector) and the United
States International University (representing the private sector). The guiding
argument for the study was that shared governance, one of the principles of
good governance, is critical in enabling the universities to deliver their
visions and the missions effectively. The results revealed that while in
principle, Kenyan universities have embraced democratic governance in which
all stakeholders, including students, have a role to play, in practice they
continue to violate the core principles of good governance, particularly
shared governance. Specifically, students, who are major stakeholders in
university education, are largely excluded from significant structures of
governance thereby limiting their influence and participation. Although their
representation is mainly provided via student self-governance organs (unions,
associations and/ or councils), their effectiveness is undermined considerably
by the lack of trust and confidence of the student body and the unending
manipulation by top university administrators and external political actors.
Student active involvement in decision making is mainly confined to lower
levels such as the school/ faculty and departmental/ programme. The authors
call for a paradigm shift in the involvement of students in the governance of
universities in ways that discourage the current culture of tokenism and
political correctness that characterizes public and private universities in
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