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How ASGA Can Help You

Commuter Institutions

Commuter students are usually non-traditional, with many balancing full-time jobs and families on top of going to school. Since they don't spend much time on campus outside of class, traditional activities and events held in the evening will not be heavily attended. Hence, SGs at commuter colleges must "think outside the box" in order to increase participation and offer services that will benefit the student body.

ASGA has more commuter-school SGs as members than any other type of institution, probably because of the difficult challenges they face. ASGA can help make SG relevant to the average commuter student by:

 
1. Helping You Survey Your Students. Scientific surveying will let you know exactly what your students want from SG and will help you develop your plans and goals for the future. When you address your students' needs, you will become relevant to them.

2. Increasing Recruitment. We'll help you develop a plan to aggressively recruit more students to run for office and get involved in SG.

3. Creating New Programs and "Tangible" Benefits. ASGA can help you adopt "signature programs" that address the needs of your student body and will make you well-known and respected.

4. Improving Voter Turnout. ASGA can help you increase voter turnout through strategic marketing, multiple polling places over several days, innovative voting times, and the use of technology.

5. Reconsidering Meetings. Redefining how, when, and where you conduct meetings and business can open up your SG to more students, including non-traditional, part-time students who can't devote as much time to SG business but may wish to be involved on some level.
  6. Reconsidering Your Structure. You may want to reorganize the structure of your SG and adjust your number of representatives. This will help ensure that all positions are filled with competent, committed members and that you're taking on projects that are realistic.

7. Developing Transition Materials. ASGA can help you create documents that share details about the progress you've made on projects, explain what projects still need to be completed,  and reduce successors' learning curves.

8. Recruiting a Competent Advisor. We'll help you recruit a competent and committed advisor(s) who can help you navigate campus politics and share important information with your successors.

9. Reconsidering Your Purpose. It's important to examine your overall purpose, goals, and projects in order to maximize your limited manpower and show that you get things done.

10. Enhancing Administrator Relations. We can help you improve (or repair) relationships with campus administrators, faculty, and staff, which may have been tarnished by previous SG "leaders."
 

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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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