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A strong Student Government will make your entire institution stronger. An evolved SG can help your school recruit new students, retain existing students, and improve student and alumni involvement.

In short, a healthy SG directly leads to a healthier institution and a better experience for all of your fellow students. That's why ASGA supports the development of Student Governments at every college and university in America. A strong, effective, efficient, and competent student voice is critical to the overall health of any higher-education institution.
 
ALL higher-education institutions, no matter the size, state, or type, should have and fully support student-governance organizations with leaders whom are popularly elected by a majority of the student body. Administrators and trustees must recognize these governance groups as the official "student voice."
ALL Student Governments should be "institutionalized." Colleges and universities must consider SGs to be indispensible, critical parts of the higher-education experience and should include student governnance in their mission statements.
ALL Student Governments should operate as autonomously as possible. They must have the right to succeed or fail on their own, without fear of reprisal by administrators, except in the case of fraud, embezzlement, or other illegal activities on the part of the SG officers and members.
ALL Student Governments should be as fiscally autonomous as possible. Their annual budgets ideally should be based on a portion of student fees generated by tuition revenues. SG budgets should only be impacted positively or negatively based on the institution's enrollment growth or decline, and absolutely should not be impacted by administrative decree, whims, or needs.
ALL Student Governments should be able to choose their own advisors and should expect these advisors to be committed and competent. An advisor should understand that his/her role is one of a helper, teacher, and information resource, not a dictator.
ALL Student Governments should be provided with spacious, convenient, and clean on-campus office space from which to base their operations, preferably located in a major student thoroughfare.
ALL Student Governments should have a student representative and vote on campuswide governing and academic committees, including the institution's "board of trustees."

 

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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.

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