Surveying: Timeline Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" Surveying your students is not difficult, but it does require a plan and a strategy to be effective. It should take no more than a month to begin your survey.
Have I Excluded Anyone Today? Karen Myers and Tom Hanley This article offers a very personal and practical approach to communicating with SGA leaders about accessibility and inclusion issues regarding students with disabilities.
High Voter Turnout at a Public University The SGA at the University of Maryland Baltimore County had nearly 25 percent of its students vote in the 2009 spring elections. Most public institutions have 10-15 percent as an average. ASGA's team interviewed the UMBC elections commissioner to learn more about how they achieved a turnout double that of the national average.
Tips for Writing Your Student Organization and Student Government Letters www.oc-tutor.com This article highlights student organization letter writing and offers steadfast guidelines for developing a strong communication instrument. Indeed, aside from face-to-face meetings, well thought-out, personalized letters can and will represent you long after they have been read. In fact, every letter you prepare—from an external announcement to an internal email—carries the weight of your student organization's mission, vision, and values. For this reason, it is important to take the time to organize your thoughts before you write.
Which colleges have campus "pubs" or bars? A member asked ASGA to research which institutions have campus pubs or bars on campus and close to 80 institutions replied on ASGA's Facebook group and our two list-serves for members and advisors.
Good SG Web Sites: Tips to Improve Yours ASGA Staff Your website is the "Face" or "store front" of your organization. Unfortunately, few Student Governments put the resources, time, or energy behind making sure that their storefront is enticing and has services and resources that make students want to visit, learn more, and come back.
Open Meetings Rule in South Dakota This article discusses the role and relationship the student government has to the college administration at public institutions in South Dakota. This relationship also is relevant to the state's open meetings laws.
Action Plan for When We Return To Campus Walden, Suzette This "action plan," developed by Suzette Zompetti, will help you determine a course of action to implement what you learned at ASGA's conference.
Second Circuit: Allocation of Mandatory Student Activity Fees Cannot Hinge on Advisory Referenda The Torch United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in Amidon v. Student Ass’n of the State Univ. of N.Y., holding that the student government of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY-Albany) cannot base allocation decisions about mandatory student activity fees upon the outcomes of student referenda, even when such referenda are merely “advisory.”
Election irregularities crop up within system Christopher S. Jachimowicz The recent East Carolina University election controversy illuminated an issue campuses face across the state: how to run a legitimate student government election.
Colleges' debit-card deals draw scrutiny By Kathy Chu, USA Today USA Today article about whether universities are profiting at students' expense through exclusive debit card and checking account deals that can net a school hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Student government development and use of comprehensive university planning documents By Joseph Jerome Bambenek, Scott Sifton This paper describes the process by which a student government at a public liberal arts and sciences university wrote two university planning documents over a four-year period. It discusses the cultural impacts that these efforts had on the university community and the improvements in the university that resulted from these documents.
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 02, No. 02 - Voting Systems By ASGA Staff Tried-and-true or fair and new? Online or paper ballots? A simple system or a more balanced one? Plagued with low voter turnout, Student Government election officials might do well to consider a different voting system. But with a wide range of election methods to choose from, it can be difficult to decide whether a new system should be implemented or if an old one should be kept in place.
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 02, No. 01 - The Mission of Student Government ASGA Staff Student Governments play many important roles on campus, from planning student activities to championing lower tuition rates. Yet unlike other government entities, SGs usually have no law-making authority. In fact, they often have a lot less power than they think they do, which can put them at odds with administrators and other campus officials. What real powers do SGs have? What should SG members concentrate on during their limited terms? What should an SG's overall mission be?
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 09 - SG Salaries ASGA Staff To be paid or not to be paid, that is the question. After a salary survey ran in the Fall 1997 issue of StudentLeader magazine, a compelling debate erupted across the country as to whether or not Student Government officers, senators, and l
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 08 - Online Voting ASGA Staff When schools first implement electronic voting, they almost invariably experience an immediate and dramatic leap in overall turnout and participation. Students love being able to cast their ballots anywhere, anytime. But what are the potential pitfalls of On-line Voting?
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 06 - Parking Problems ASGA Staff Student parking is a heated issue on most college campuses. Often, even students who own parking decals must arrive early to find an available space. When no empty spots are in sight, some students park in illegal spaces and risk being towed or getting a
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 03 - Child Care Programs ASGA Staff Many co-ed moms and dads could use some help when juggling parenthood, schoolwork, and extracurricular commitments. A campus childcare center can alleviate stress for students with young children. Find out who has created programs and the obstacles to ove
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 01 - Food Service ASGA Staff On many college campuses, food service is a big issue and one that students need to take the initiative about improving. Find out everything you'll need to know to make a difference on your campus.
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 05 - Campus Drinking By Michael Haines There is a common misperception that the majority of students on college campuses are "binge drinking." Campus health officers, administrators and even parents are implementing scare tactics, tight restrictions on social functions, and stiff penalties.
ASGA Issue Brief - Vol. 01, No. 04 - Yearbook ASGA Staff Yearbook sales at your school have been slipping for years, the red ink is mounting, and few students, campus leaders, or even administrators seem to care. But it doesn't have to be this way.
ASGA's MISSION STATEMENT:
The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.