The first large, comprehensive survey confirms how student government leaders perceive the power and influence of the student voice on U.S. campuses.In 2017, NCLC embarked on a journey to reveal how highly U.S. colleges and universities value student voices and also highlight recommended best practices for advancing student engagement with key institutional leaders.
While having engagement with the governing board is important to student voice, the type of engagement doesn’t matter as much.
SGA presidents who had speaking rights at governing board meetings reported significantly stronger perception of student voice than those without speaking rights.
SGA presidents meeting regularly with the Vice President of Student Affairs feel they have stronger voice than those who meet less frequently.
When students feel like they’re making a difference, they feel like they have a voice. These findings suggest that having a voice matters, but being heard is more important.