Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

John Elmore, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.


Within this thesis I showcase the importance of civic action taken by students throughout history in order to properly make needed changes in society. Those changes continue to be inhibited due to the financial barriers and financialization of public higher education throughout the country. However, through engaging students in the education of student activism and higher education history there can be the creation of organizations to ensure students properly can be civically engaged on their campuses and throughout society. Ensuring that all people can go onward to a post-secondary education without such financial barriers. In order to get to that point, there needs to be educational workshop around student activism and civic engagement toward the creation of an organization to fight for students.