Publicity & Marketing: Effective Marketing Starts With the Right Mentality In an information age where social media has replaced a great deal of personal interaction, it’s easy for Student Governments to fall into the trap of thinking that by having a Facebook page, a twitter feed, a blog, an instagram account, they’re effectively marketing themselves to their student body.
Publicity & Marketing: Get Marketing Help Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" Marketing your SG effectively probably is too big of a job for a single person, whether elected or appointed. You really need an entire team to get the job done well, even at a small college or university.
Publicity & Marketing: Speak Out! Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" Meeting fellow students, faculty, and staff in person is the ultimate public relations and public tool. If you’re passionate about your SG, you’ll inspire anyone you encounter.
Publicity & Marketing: Do Real Stuff Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" If you want students to pay attention to your student government, you have to do something that matters to them. You have to do “real stuff.”
SG Salary Survey 2013 - Compensation By Type, Mobility, and FTE Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" This 2013 research from ASGA's SG Salary Survey shows student government compensation for instituitions nationwide based on their type (public, private, community college), mobility (residential, commuter) and full-time enrollment.
SG Salary Survey 2013 - The Hard Data Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" This 2013 research from ASGA's SG Salary Survey shows the "raw data" for student government compensation at nearly 900 instituitions nationwide.
Marketing Professor Letter (Template) Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" This is a marketing letter template to be sent to marketing professors to get their help with developing a marketing plan for student government.
SG Student Representation Survey Here are the results of a survey conducted by ASGA for a member, Cerro Coso College in California, regarding "SG Student Representation" and "shared governance" at similar institutions across California.
Student Government Association: A Brief History Fadi Almazyad Student Government Association (SGA) is a group of elected students in a university. The name of the group may be different from one university to another. For example, at The University of Michigan the name is Student Assembly, whereas at The University of Colorado Boulder the name is Student Government. Despite the fact that these organization have different names, both of them are working in the same mechanism. The history of SGA goes back to 1909, when the first SGA was established at The Ohio State University (“Wikipedia”).
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.
Research on student trustees at private institutions (Guilford College, 3/22/12) Guilford College Guilford College surveyed 27 private institutions on March 22, 2012 on the following two questions: Does your institution have (a) current students or (b) current faculty as full voting members of your governing board? If so, please comment on the number of each, how they are selected, and any related information that may be useful.
Great SG Web Sites: Advanced ASGA Staff ASGA's full-time researchers review each and every Student Government web site in the nation. So they know which ones are great and which ones, let's just say, have room for improvement. Here are some of the best Advanced SG web sites in the nation.
Great SG Web Sites: Beginner ASGA Staff ASGA's full-time researchers review each and every Student Government web site in the nation. So they know which ones are great and which ones, let's just say, have room for improvement. Here are some of the best Beginner SG web sites in the nation.
Great SG Web Sites: Intermediate ASGA Staff ASGA's full-time researchers review each and every Student Government web site in the nation. So they know which ones are great and which ones, let's just say, have room for improvement. Here are some of the best Intermediate SG web sites in the nation.
Student Government Development and Use of Comprehensive University Planning Documents JOSEPH JEROME BAMBENEK and 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. The paper further explores the educational benefits that accrued to the students who worked on the projects and the ongoing benefits that have resulted for the role of the student government within the university. The paper concludes by outlining principles by which other university student governments could engage in projects which produce similar outcomes.
The Importance of Students and Their Use of Power Through Student Activism Becki Eatcb and Jennifer Iannacone This article provides the reader with an historical evolution of student activism and the rise of student power on the college and university campus. Through case law and selected readings, the authors provide a comprehensive historical picture as students have emerged into the current age of activism.
Percentage of Women in SG (raw data) This is the "raw data" gathered from ASGA's "SG Database" on the percentage of women serving in collegiate student governments nationwide. The data is from 2003 to 2011.
10 Ways to Be a Good Conference Roommate Anna Quindlen Even if you’ve known someone for years, staying together in a hotel can be an awkward – or awesome – experience. Here are 10 suggestions for making your next conference slumber party the awesome kind.
Alternatives to Traditional Student Government Don Creamer What is the future of student government? One does not need to be a mystic nor a soothsayer to predict with frightening accuracy the essential work of most student government organizations. Likely, sporadic tinkering with local issues of some inane nature will occur, but three things almost universally will come to pass. These things happen almost everywhere, and they happen with tiring regularity.
Card Swipe-In System Survey An ASGA member is looking to implement an I.D. card "Swipe-In" system that allows guests to swipe their school IDs through a card swipe that registers them as the guest of a current resident of a residence hall.
Spring Day Survey Results An ASGA member is trying to develop a "Spring Day" to celebrate their institution and students which will live on as a recognized and sanctioned tradition. They are developing an advisory board comprised of both students and administration to develop policy.
Governing College Student Publications J. William Click This publication analyzes governing and policy documents for student publications from various types of colleges and universities and discusses organizational arrangements and strengths and weaknesses of the documents' various approaches.
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.
Guide to Student Activity Fees Campuses across the country have long found that having a robust set of student extracurricular opportunities - from campus organizations to speakers - enhances the student experience and the educational mission of colleges and universities. To support and facilitate that environment, many campuses have set up a student activity fee. Unfortunately, as most of the people involved in administering fee systems do not have a strong background in the First Amendment, they often have genuine confusion as to what types of programs a fee system can fund how to administer it legally.
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 Cole, 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.
Great SGs Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" This is an ongoing review of some of the Best Student Governments in America, based on Student Leader's review of their web sites and services.
Supreme Court upholds SG campaign spending limits This is the petition filed by a University of Missouri students to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the ruling that the university was within the law when it set "spending limits" for student government elections.
Compensation for Student Government Leaders at HBCUs The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education This article about the SG Salary Survey and how it impacts historically black colleges and universities appeared in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 20 (Summer, 1998), p. 39.
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.
Key College Dates for Planning Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" ASGA conducted this national research on the key college and university dates, including start dates for fall term, spring break, spring term, and commencment.
Details About ElectionsOnline Services This article provides details on the services, testimonials, and processes used by ElectionsOnline, a company specializing in electronic elections for student governments.
Do you know of a "grid" describing how to make motions? Christopher S. Jachimowicz Question: I'm working a lot with Robert's Rules and one thing I'm looking to do is hand out some sort of abbreviated grid or sample of Robert's Rules to our representatives, even if it's just a sheet telling them how to motion. I've searched the internet and haven't been too successful and since you're the expert I figured I would go to you for help. And if you stumble across anything that I could use as well that would be a huge help also.
Answers: ASGA's Chris Jachimowicz developed this precedence of motions grid to help student governments nationwide.
Mentoring Student Leaders By Dan Rodkin, Santa Fe Community College In fall 2003, 395 SGO presidents, advisors, and chief students affairs officers (CSAOs) participated in a national study on SG advisor responsibilities to determine what competencies SG advisors should possess. Based on these responses, the competencies ranked highest on a five-point Likert scale are presented here.
Keeping Instant-Messaging Programs on Campus ASGA Staff For many college students, instant-messaging programs have been a blessing, allowing them to keep in touch with far-away friends and family members without having to worry about through-the-roof phone bills. Other students, and even teachers, have found I
A New Kind of Leader By Dr. Tim Elmore, The Ledge Because our culture is evolving, it's important for us to see that leadership has experienced an evolution over the years. While we have always cherished substance in a leader (values, integrity character, servanthood) the style of leader we want is diffe
Student Leadership Strategies - Fall 2003 Syllabus By ASGA Expert Matt Caires with Dr. Deborah McGriff ASGA Expert Matt Caires uses Robert Nash's text on "Fostering moral conversations in the college classroom" as the primary text to set ground rules in his classroom for discussions on leadership. He commonly uses this text with his work in Student Go
Does Your School Comply? ASGA Staff Some schools and SGs may not be familiar with all the federal laws and compliance issues affecting them-- particularly those regarding student voter registration and student privacy rights.
The Minority Presidents By Ron Matus, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer This is an article quotes ASGA research on Student Government president racial percentages and Executive Director Butch Oxendine on how SG shapes future leaders, in the St. Petersburg Times on 9/9/04.
Paying for Polite By Carol Wissmann An article which stresses the importance of using good etiquette, both in the business world and in everyday living. Leaders should follow these tips in social situations in order to make a good impression.
Student Leadership Development Resources Index Sarah B. Gholston, Auburn University An index of various books and journal articles regarding leadership arranged by topic area. Also included is a list of web sites useful for leadership research.
Guide to State Student Associations Emily Francis, Student Empowerment Training Project (SET) This is a guide to the existing State Student Associations, produced by the Student Empowerment Training Project.
How to Deal with Difficult Behaviors University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that gives students tips on dealing with different types of difficult people.
Marketing & Public Relations University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that gives students tips on how to generate publicity and market themselves and their groups.
Missions, Visions, and Tenants Dr. Clive K. Houston-Brown This presentation by Dr. Houston-Brown of the University of La Verne highlights the elements of mission statements, vision statements, and organization tenants, providing instruction for the creation of each for your organization.
Parliamentary Procedure University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that defines parliamentary procedure terms and gives helpful tips for non-parliamentarians.
Parliamentary Procedure Script University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that gives students tips on how to navigate the waters of parlimentary procedure, including a script for how to run a meeting.
Power Mapping University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that teaches students about power, how it's different from leadership, and ways to share the power within an organization.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People University of La Verne L.E.A.D. Office This is an article by the student life staff at the University of La Verne that gives students a principle-centered, character-based, "inside-out" approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness.
Register and Vote 2004 FACT SHEET The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is partnering with the Advertising Council to launch a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign and corresponding web site to increase voting participation among 18-24 year olds in the U.S. Under the
The Role of the Advisor: Some Considerations... Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Activities Office This is an article about what the role of the advisor is at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Much of this is useful at other schools nationwide.
UNC paper sues to open meetings By Monte Whaley, Staff Writer for The Denver Post, May 1, 2004 Editors of the University of Northern Colorado student newspaper are suing the college's Student Government, saying the body has illegally closed meetings on matters that should be public...
Senate's problems evident elsewhere By Lindsey Davis and James R. Koren, USC's Daily Trojan Other universities are experiencing the same kind of student government problems that the University of Southern California's is.
Trustees' code gives students little input By Pablo Lastra Southern Methodist University is one of a handful of universities in the country where a student sits on the governing board of trustees. SMU officials are proud of that. They cite it as proof that SMU is committed to empowering students in important
Why Should Our Advisor Support ASGA? Your advisor will benefit from ASGA as much as you will. Here are the specific tangible reasons why your advisor should support your institution's membership with ASGA.
Why Should Your Administrators Support ASGA? The truly great higher-education institutions ALWAYS have effective Student Governments and strong student affairs components. It is to your administrators' advantage to support and encourage the growth and improvement of your Student Government.
What is the Role of an Advisor? Mount St. Mary's College (MD) Student Affairs This is an article by the student affairs staff at Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland that discusses the role and expectations of an advisor.
Rules for Advisors courtesy of Molloy College, Office of Campus Life Here are guidelines, rules, and tips for new and returning advisors at Molloy College in New York. These ideas can be used no matter what type of school you're from.
A Petition on the High Cost of Textbooks By Stefanie Krueger, SG President Cuyahoga Community College West Campus' Student Government started this petition against the high cost of textbooks for students at colleges and universities nationwide
Sample Press Release for Founding Members Oxendine, Jr., W.H. "Butch" Founding Members can use this sample press release as a guide to preparing your own releases to send to campus and local media, announcing that you are one of the original 100 Founding Members of the American Student Government Association.
The History of Student Governments Across America By Thomas Justin Baker, Graduate Assistant/Career Counselor, Carnegie Mellon University A graduate student reviews the history of American Student Governments and discusses how organizations have evolved and grown in responsibility and focus over the past century.
How to Excite Students About the Voting Process You can get students excited about voting and even registering to vote and the whole process of voting. Here are ideas directly from fellow campus leaders, ideas that have worked at their institutions.
How to Organize a Statewide SG Conference By Matthew Collier, SGA president, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Matt Collier and fellow SGA leaders at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University hosted a statewide conference for "ICUF" schools in Florida (private colleges and universities). The event attracted more than 100 students from 10 private institutions across Florida.
"Advising Student Organizations," University of Florida course Course taught by Norbert W. Dunkel, Director of Housing and Residence Education, University of Florida "Advising Student Organizations" is a course at the University of Florida, taught through the Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education
Healthy Leadership Liane Edixon For kids attending Pittsburgh public schools, Kimberly Jones, social chair of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at the University of Pittsburgh, demonstrates how nutrition can be fun.
Achieving Acclaim Rodger Roeser Roger Roeser, experienced public relations director, shares his tips on how a campus group can gain national publicity for events and programs. When it comes to public relations, it's all in the presentation.
Cooking-up Success Ana Ribero, editorial assistant As Omicron Delta Kappa's 2002 National Leader of the Year, Shannon Nix explains how she developed her leadership skills and why she looks at Jesus and Mother Teresa as role models.
Helping the Helpers Ana Ribero, editorial assistant What happens when a group of students want to volunteer for community service but their school doesn't offer resources for them to find a group to work with? At Drew University in New Jersey, the students create the Volunteer Resource Center. Find out if
How To Think Like a Winner Ruben Gonzalez, three-time Olympian Three-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez discusses the techniques needed to achieve your dreams. Using his techniques to acquire the mindset of a winner will help you turn your goals into realities.
Lead by Coaching Jeff Pal, president of Leadertrain America Learning to be an effective team coach is crucial in becoming an effective student leader. Jeff Pal of Leadertrain America discusses some of the skills and methods necessary to coach your organization to success.
Leadership Lessons of College CEOs Cal Newport, Dartmouth College Do you want to run your student organization as smoothly as a successful business? Cal Newport of Dartmouth College discusses the secret of success with three students who have proven their leadership abilities in the business world.
Running At Full Throttle Michael Marcelli, Wayne State University Balancing the demands of classes, work, and campus leadership commitments is not always easy, but Michael Marcelli has found success despite his grueling schedule. Find out what it takes to survive a day in Marcelli's shoes, and what can be achieved wit
Self-Directed Leadership Jared Lancer Do you have a hidden talent for leadership? Want to bring that talent to the surface? Dr. Jared Lancer discusses the essentials for becoming a great leader: spirit, effort, and therefore leadership.
SIFE Makes Dollars and Sense Brenna Fisher, editorial assistant Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary community service group? Using and teaching sound financial principles, SIFE works to improve the community through initiatives created to promote economic stability and growth.
The Three Principles of Leadership Brendon Burchard, author of The Student Leadership Guide What exactly is leadership? To author Brendon Burchard, there are three main leadership principles: leadership is collective, leadership isn't management, and leadership is rooted in service.
Small Schools, Large Problems Santiago Sanz, University of Florida Student Leaders at small schools face problems that larger schools don't. Find out how some of these small schools have overcome these obstacles and turned a disadvantage into an advantage.
Dancing For a Cause Kate Stone, Indiana University Dance Marathon is a major philanthropy at 74 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. An Indiana University student tells you how to begin a marathon at your school and gives first-hand insight into the benefits of the program.
Culture and Student Organizations Dan Bureau While a group's culture can help maintain its identity and solidarity, culture can also prohibit an organization from growing or evolving. Dan Bureau discusses tactics to use when faced with a stagnate organization.
Fitness + Student Leader = Optimal Performance Antonia McGuire, University of Western Ontario, Canada Maintaining the schedule of a student leader is often a daunting task. However, if you want to maitain optimal performance, you can't forget to take care of your body.
Getting the Most Out of Conferences Eric Hastie Do you want to get more out of attending your next leadership conference than just jet lag? Follow the example set by Student Government officers from the University of North Dakota.
Greeks Find Their Voice Wes Milligan, University of Missouri The Greek Chronicle newspaper has become a niche publication completely devoted to the mission of representing the Greek community in the light it deserves. Could your school use a Greek publication?
New Aspects of Leadership Wanda Herndon, Columbia College As a result of the changes that are rapidly occurring in the world, today's student leaders face problems that their predecessors didn't. Find out how these new problems effect a student leader's relationship with his constituents and how to overcome
Working With Your Administration Christy Zamani, California State University The relationship you build with your campus administration can be the key to your success as an SG leader. Forming these relationships early on and understanding how the system works will help you have memorable term.
How To Avoid Low Turnout at Your Next Event John Franson, Kansas State University Getting people to attend events is harder than it seems. Sometimes it's the little things that make or break an event. Here are some ideas for generating publicity.
Keeping School Spirit Alive Jaclyn Sherman Because of its long history of spirit, the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University formed a council to help preserve the Aggies' long-celebrated customs and also to create new traditions.
Against All Odds All Her Life Dr. Gayle Noble, SAC Advisor, Coastline Community College in California Fifty-six-year-old Shirley Ann Davis was elected to a one-year term as the president of Coastline Community College's student government despite having to battle a lifelong disability.
Creating a Student Forum Elise Lyne At the University of Pittsburgh, students now can openly voice their concerns at "The Student Leaders Forum," a new idea the SG Board developed to reach constituents and find out their thoughts on the school's happenings.
Distance-Learning Students Launch a Cyber SG Anna Marie Neri Washington State University took the idea of distance learning and expanded it to create an on-line Student Government. Now, students from all over the country unite in leadership without leaving their homes.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Create It Steven D. Cohen, University of Florida Steven Cohen decided to start an organization that would help pediatric cancer patients and their families. What began as a small but dedicated group in high school has now spread to high school and college campuses around the world. Find out how Co
Serving as SG President and Editor of the Campus Newspaper Ivy Scattergood If one person serves concurrently as both editor of the school paper and as the president of the Student Government, can unbiased reporting exist? Find out how one student leader managed to keep his two roles separate.
Student Paper Triggers Campuswide Changes Cotty Parks, Alaska Pacific University At Alaska Pacific University, the campus newspaper, The Journal, is used as a tool to harness students' opinions. But for one brave editor, the paper also was a tool to fight a tuition increase.
When the Chips Are Up John Lamothe, associate editor When it comes to leadership training, does size really matter? Just ask Terence Thompson, director of the Blue Chip program, the largest leadership-development program of its kind in the nation.
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.