Voting for a class delegate per year that will represent the interests of a specific degree/academic program. This modality may allow a greater number of students to be involved in the governance and decision making processes at the university. The representation would then be diversified and representative of all academic programs. The interchange of representation among students since they change every year would contribute to inducing new dynamisms, new perceptions and perspectives, and new blood every year to the student representation paradigms.
Potential challenges and suggested solutions
Class delegates may focus on very specific academic issues more than the general concerns of students. The span of time given to student delegates might be binding to achieve high impact results.
Class delegates could be also contact points for global student representatives to have a clearer idea about students’ concerns and expectations at the university, department and class levels. A well-studied and well-structured handover between delegates and delegate-elects might respond to the time constraint challenge.