Generic Gmail accounts for student orgs?

Using a generic Gmail account vs. a Google group for student orgs has come up before. We asked for the agreement that all student orgs would use a generic Gmail account -- what we can't do is use a Google group one year, then switch to a generic Gmail account, then back again based on members' preferences that year. We do know that some people prefer to use a Google group because of the ease of adding members, and managing email in individuals' inboxes through filters. With a generic Gmail account, someone needs to take responsibility for primary ownership of the account, and delegating access to others. We are happy to revisit this if there is consensus on a solution.