College students have a legitimate interest in many policy issues that affect their campuses, but are they effective in lobbying their state representatives for their interests? Elected members of the Kansas state legislature were surveyed to determine if student lobbyists were effective in influencing legislator’s decision-making on matters of public higher education policy in Kansas. Interest group theory was utilized as a lens to view results of legislator perceptions. Findings suggested that 70% of legislator participants never altered their view on an issue after meeting with a college student lobbyist. Responses aligned with partisan politics, with Democrats more likely to empathize and understand the perspective of college students than their Republican colleagues.
Krotz, James J. and Rubin, Lisa M.
"Legislators’ Perceptions of Public University Student Lobbying Efforts On Public Higher Education Legislation: A Case Study,"
eJournal of Public Affairs: Vol. 10:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/vol10/iss3/6