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ASGA Issue Briefs are similar to "legal briefs," providing in-depth information and offering positions and opinions on current hot issues and trends facing Student Government leaders.

Elections, Voting
  • 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.
Structure of SGs
  • 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?
SG Salary Survey
  • 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 Student Leader magazine, a compelling debate erupted across the country as to whether or not Student Government officers, senators, and l
Elections, Voting
On-line Voting
  • 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?
Improving Your SG
Commuter Students & Issues
  • 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
Student Services/SG Programs and Events
Child Care
  • 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
Issues and Advocacy
Book Exchange
Food Service
  • 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.
Student Services/SG Programs and Events
  • 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.
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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.

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