History of CSF
Following the student protests in 1968 and 1969, many 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 equalisation 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 a political organ of the Wageningen Student Organisation (WSO).
This organisation mainly took place in the university council to pursue their 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 1973, when CSF was founded to be a different voice. The members of CSF wanted to be of added value to the policies of the University. From 1973 until 1998, PSF and CSF were the only parties in the University Council before Veste emerged.
Both CSF (2007) and PSF (2012) faded out, leaving VeSte as the only party in the Student Council. Like in 1973, Christian students felt responsible for letting another voice be heard in the Student Council and started a new CSF faction to represent Christian students. During the first elections, CSF received two seats, and this underlines that Christian students felt the need for a Christian party. The structure of different parties in the Student Council ensures that parties and individual members keep each other up. This way, we can look at policies constructively and critically.
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