Mar 032010

It’s gone a hell of a lot farther than it went last year.

The legislation that would place a student-voting member on CSU’s governing board, we mean.

Many are cheering; many are gnashing teeth.

This year’s measure follows a push last year by CSU students to get a similar rule in Colorado’s law books. That one failed with a quickness when it died in the first legislative committee it sat in.

The new one is headed to the Senate, where it will be the subject of testimony from student government representatives.

But the question of whether or not that is a good thing is still up for debate.

On one hand, it’s a step toward more favor for the student voice in a state where tuition and fees are becoming a much larger portion of the money that pays for higher education and is frequently ranked last in the nation for funding colleges and universities.

On the other, though, this year’s measure is a watered down version of the one that was proposed last year.

The one pushed by former student government President Taylor Smoot would have placed the president, who is ideally the student on campus with the most comprehensive knowledge of the student agenda, not to mention one with the support of the student body that elected him or her, on the board.

The new one gives the governor the power to appoint a student at large to the post.
While it’s good that the state’s leadership is eyeing a more democratic model for CSU’s top governing board, there is a need for stronger policy to govern it.

Hopefully, there’s a revision.

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