…pity it wasn’t for a better reason, though.
Seattle PI: Community colleges losing their student leaders
One student didn’t return to college. Two students quit to concentrate on academics. Two more had classes scheduled during meeting times.
In all, five of the eight members of the North Seattle Community College student government resigned from their positions earlier this year. That left only three students on board — not enough for a quorum, rendering the organization unable to do anything.
Now the college — a campus of more than 6,200 students — has no working student government for the first time in at least two decades, and possibly ever.
That has administrators and students trying to figure out this summer how to re-establish student leadership on campus.
“This may be just a steppingstone,” said Meley Gebremedhin, 20, one of the three students who remained on the executive board this year. “We know the extent to which it can fall, how bad it can be.”
The student government determines how to allot student fees, which generated about $730,000 this past year. The student leaders also plan events, recognize student clubs and sit in on the community colleges’ Board of Trustees meetings. Not only has involvement in campus government waned, but student participation in elections is low. At the North campus, only a few hundred students typically cast ballots for elected officers.
It’s not the content that surprises me — I already knew about the Student Government collapse — it’s that it made it into the PI.
For a Community College, we sure don’t have much sense of community, do we? The student government collapses (former VP Kikii Park gives an insider’s view of the collapse in the Polaris), what student activites there are are generally fairly poorly attended, the Polaris student paper may be going under, and while I’ve occasionally tried to pimp them out, none of the online communities I know of for NSCC (this LJ community, the MySpace community, or the Flickr group) ever seem to get much traffic at all.
On the off chance that anyone’s actually even paying attention to this community anymore…any ideas? Thoughts? Comments?
Or am I the only one out there that finds this to be a bit of a bummer?