The American Student Government Association
(ASGA) was founded in 2001 as America's first professional association serving collegiate Student Governments
and Student Government Associations
. ASGA was founded by Oxendine Publishing, Inc.
, which since 1983 has published magazines, books, and web sites on student leadership. W.H. "Butch" Oxendine, Jr., founder of Student Leader magazine and Florida Leader magazine, is founder and executive director.
provides collegiate Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources. ASGA also promotes the advancement of SGs nationwide and conducts research. ASGA currently has 757 member institutions in all 50 states, plus England, Bermuda, and several other countries. ASGA's administrators are frequently quoted as expert sources in dozens of campus and community newspapers (see "Contact Us" at www.asgaonline.com).
ASGA members utilize a searchable database
of Student Governments at nearly 5,100 colleges
in America. ASGA tracks data including the contact information for each college and its Student Government, the size and type of school, budgets
, number of members, corporate structure
, predominant ethnic
makeup, residential status, number of clubs, web sites, e-mail
numbers, mailing addresses, and more.
ASGA also includes a library of more than 1,000 articles relating to Student Government and advisors, many of which appeared in the organization's member-magazine Student Leader, links to hundreds of companies and organizations that serve SG, and e-mail lists and Facebook and MySpace groups for officers and advisors. ASGA also provides best practices, stores thousands of documents including constitutions, by-laws, and election codes. The organization also conducts resarch on Student Government trends and publishes issues briefs based on its research on issues such as child care facilities, parking, and food service. ASGA recently has conducted national research on compensation paid to elected officers, the most common names of student governments, and the predominance of African-American and women elected SG presidents.
ASGA produces 10 Student Government Training Conferences, including the National Student Government Summit in Washington, D.C. (with more than 600 attendees, the largest student government conference in the nation attended by student leaders and administrators from 130 institutions in 37 states), and provides analysis and training to student governments through its subsidiary, The SG Consulting Group.
In 2006 and 2007, ASGA representatives helped create student governments in the Ukraine and in Albania, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State.
- American Student Government Association ASGA is the professional association for collegiate Student Government across the United States.
- SG Consulting Group The SG Consulting Group offers training, consulting, and analysis for student government leaders and advisors at colleges across America.
- Florida Leader magazine Founded in 1983, Florida Leader is an education magazine and produced the 17th annual "Best of Florida Schools Awards" and 19th annual "Florida College Student of the Year Awards."
- Student Leader magazine Founded in 1992, Student Leader is ASGA's official member magazine, but also has subscribers at more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide.