Our History

 

Following the student protests in 1968 and 1969 a lot of changes took place in the governance structure for higher education. A newer, strongly democratised governance structure for universities. From this moment students and non-scientific personnel got a voice in participatory councils in Dutch universities. Left-wing (progressive) students were still not convinced that full equalization between students and the board was the case and demanded additional changes. In Wageningen a left-wing party was established, the predecessor of the Progressive Student Party (PSF), as political organ of the Wageningen Student Organisation (WSO).

This organization mainly took place in the university council to pursue their own left-wing ideals. Their way of working didn’t result in a constructive partner for the Executive Board. PSF was the only student representative in the University Council until in 1973 CSF was founded to be a different voice. The members of CSF actually wanted to be of added value for the policies of the University. From 1973 until 1998 PSF and CSF were the only parties in the University Council, this changed when the law on modernising of university governance structure (MUB) was adopted and the University Council was split into a Central Works Council (for personnel) and the Student Council. In this new structure a third party emerged: VeSte, originating from Contractus associations (Ceres, KSV, SSR-W and Unitas).

In 2007 the CSF party disintegrated however, like in 1973 Christian students felt the responsibility to let another voice be heard in the Student Council and started a new CSF fraction with the goal to represent Christian students.