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How ASGA Can Help You

Private Colleges & Universities

Student Governments at private institutions face some unique challenges because of how the schools are funded, run, and structured.

• Private schools are not obligated to provide public record requests because their records are simply not “public.”
• Private schools appoint their own board of trustees, unlike public school boards which are usually appointed by the Governor or public committees.
• Private school tuition is much higher than at public institutions, which can have economic, cultural, and academic impacts.
• Admission standards can differ widely at private institutions.
• Because their schools don't receive state funding, private college students are often at the mercy of school administrators' decisions and don't have the same recourses as public college students.

These factors all affect how SG operates and what officers can accomplish. ASGA helps many private SGs navigate their school structures and regulations, providing:

 
1. Tailored Support and Resources which apply specifically to your campus, regardless of size or need. Private institutions in America range from 200-student undergrad colleges such as Sheldon Jackson College in Alaska to the much larger George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which operates nearly a half-million dollar SG budget.

2. Training for Your Members and Advisor. Attend our training workshops so that your SG officers, members, and advisors will be more prepared for the year ahead and won't waste any time.

3. Support for a Student Trustee. At private schools, students infrequently have a representative on the board of trustees, and when they do, it isn't usually a voting position. ASGA provides examples of students who have been successful in adding a student trustee position and how they accomplished that goal. Having a student voice on the board ensures that —at the very least—students' opinions are expressed and their ideas contributed.

4. Funding Assistance. You can use the ASGA database to find out how much money different SGs receive and how the funds are allocated at schools similar to yours, then present this data to your administration as precedence for why you should receive more funding. We can provide tips on how to improve and organize financial disbursement, how to gain authority over student fees, and how to make limited funds stretch as far as possible.

5. A "Rolodex" of Local, Regional, and National Colleagues. You can increase your authority on issues by developing coalitions with nearby SGs and "like" institutions across the nation. Through these networking contacts, you can also learn about best practices and successful "signature programs" which you can try on your own campus.
  6. Resources to Increase Election Turnout. How can SG be taken seriously as the "official student voice" if most students don't vote for SG representatives? With online voting, new marketing campaigns, strong PR, and other techniques, you can improve turnout and capture the administration's attention in the process.

7. Ways to Increase Recruitment and Retention. ASGA can help you bring aboard new members from incoming and current students. We'll show you how to keep your current officers and members involved and interested in SG business, including using innovative meeting times and methods.

8. Tips for Improving Relations With Your Administrators, from proper etiquette to reopening lines of communication. Private schools benefit when SG and the administration each know their roles and work together for "the greater good," particularly on issues such as improving the school's image and increasing school spirit. A united front usually leads to better press for the school, which can boost enrollment. At the same time, more respect from administrators can lead to gains such as SG office space, additional funding, and being entrusted with more responsibilities.

9. Guidance Drafting Transition Materials.
Effective transition materials will document what you're supposed to do, what was done last year, and the progress you've already made on projects. Communicating this information to your advisor will also help to keep some continuity from one year to the next.

10. Support to Become Student Advocates. We'll help you grow beyond being just an "activity board" or "party organizer." The great SGs across America are advocates for their fellow students!
 

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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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