Education: Warning Signals

Wildly diverse in its membership and vague in its aims, the National Student Association is a loose affiliation of 368 student governments that has never held any real power on U.S. college campuses. Its main accomplishment has been to act as sounding board for the whole spectrum of student complaints. Its annual congress in Manhattan, Kans., last week served the same purpose. And the decibel count at the meeting signaled the almost certain approach of another year of collegiate unrest and uproar.

Hurting Good. Outgoing N.S.A. President Ed Schwartz summed up the student mood as "discouraged." Princeton's Bob Powell, a leading candidate...