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Author Mulinge, Munyae M., author.

Title The status of student involvement in university governance in Kenya : the case of public and private universities / Munyae M. Mulinge, Josephine N. Arasa, Violet Wawire.

Publication Info. Oxford : CODESRIA, 2017.

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (253 pages)
Note Includes index.
Contents Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; List of Tables; Authors; Preface; Foreword; 1. Introduction; Background to the Study; The Research Problem; Objectives of the Study; Justification of the Study; The Structuring of the Study; 2. The Growth of University Education in Kenya; Origins and Growth of University Education in Kenya; Factors Responsible for the Growth of University Education in Kenya; The Quality of University Education in Kenya; 3. The Governance of Higher Education; The Concept of (Good) Governance.
Governance in University EducationStudents' Involvement in University Governance; The Benefits of Students' Involvement in Governance; Relationship between University and Student Leaderships; The Governance of University Education in Kenya; Research Issues; Organizational Structures and Nature of Students' Involvement in Governance; The Role of Student Governance Bodies and their Support Systems; Inclusiveness of Students' Involvement in Governance; Theoretical Framework; 4. Research Design and Methodology; Research Design; The Sites of the Study; Sample Size and Sampling Design.
Data Collection TechniquesData Management and Analysis; Ethical Considerations; Limitations of the Study; 5. Findings; Respondents' Socio-Demographic Characteristics; Mainstreaming of Involvement in Governance in Policy Documents, Governance Structures and Practices; Importance Students Attach to Involvement in University Governance; Extent, Adequacy of and Satisfaction with Involvement in Governance; Incentives for Enhancing Students' Involvement in Governance; Level of Influence of National Politics on Students' Self-governance Processes.
Impediments to Effective Students' Participation in GovernanceTesting for Cross-University Differences; Policies and Practices on Students' Involvement in Governance; Notes; 6. Summary, Discussion, Conclusions and Recommendations; Summary of Findings; Discussion of Findings; Conclusions; Recommendations; References; Appendices; Index; Back cover.
Summary 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 confidencec 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 Kenya.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Universities and colleges -- Kenya -- Administration.
College student government -- Kenya.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Arasa, Josephine N., author.
Wawire, Violet, author.
Other Form: Print version: Mulinge, M. Status of Student Involvement in University Governance in Kenya : The Case of Public and Private Universities. Oxford : CODESRIA (Conseil pour le Developpement de la Recherche Economique et Sociale en Afrique), ©2017 9782869787148
ISBN 9782869787292 (electronic bk.)
2869787294 (electronic bk.)