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Institutions For Future Generations$
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Iñigo González-Ricoy and Axel Gosseries

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746959.001.0001

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Alumni Involvement and Long-Termist University Governance

Alumni Involvement and Long-Termist University Governance

(p.366) 22 Alumni Involvement and Long-Termist University Governance
Institutions For Future Generations

Danielle Zwarthoed

Oxford University Press

To be long-termist, higher education should (i) secure social justice in the future and (ii) contribute to positive intergenerational savings. Positive contributions are to be assessed in terms of economic wealth, beneficial spill-over effects on future societies and individual enjoyment. This chapter argues that involving current and former students in university governance would enable universities to better meet these two requirements. The argument discusses five claims: (1) alumni involvement facilitates alumni donations and/or volunteering, (2) alumni involvement gives universities access to the information they need to educate well the younger generations, (3) as former insiders, alumni tend to identify their interests with those of their alma mater, (4) alumni involvement works as an accountability mechanism: the expected presence of former students in the governing board induces professionals to better take into account students’ interests, (5) greater student participation fosters students’ competence for citizenship.

Keywords:   alumni, higher education governance, intergenerational justice, justice in education, student participation

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