SLO #3: Interest Group Strategies. 70% of students

SLO #3: Interest Group Strategies. 70% of students

SLO #3: Interest Group Strategies. 70% of students will successfully develop strategies to create and grow a grassroots interest group, while evaluating the work of existing student-led interest groups. I. We live in a pluralist society, though not all groups and all interests are heard. Suppose for this paper that you were sufficiently disturbed¬Ě by the increasing costs of attending college. You would like to begin an interest group, called the National Organization of Collegiate American Students Needing Help (NOCASH). How are you going to get this thing off the ground? (1) First, how would you overcome the obstacles to the formation of such a group? (2) How are you going to grow and retain your membership? (3) What strategies would you employ to (a) mobilize public opinion, and (b) influence and persuade elected leaders (keeping in mind, of course, that you have no cash, so your options are limited, and require creativity)? Consider what you have learned in class, and incorporate those concepts into your plan to establish NOCASH. II. Now that you have established your group, look to see if there are any other college/university student interest groups. Do a Google search to find similar groups (at least two), and report on their work/strategy. Please provide documentation. (1) Have you ever heard of these groups? (2) What strategies do these groups employ that NOCASH might consider? (3) Do you think interest groups focused on the issues of young Americans (18-25) have a legitimate chance of competing and succeeding in political conflict? Why or why not?


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