Action Plan: College is Becoming Less Affordable

  Today, the University of Missouri System confirmed that it will be raising tuition.    With the state legislature enacting massive budget cuts to higher education during the recently concluded 2017 regular legislative session—cuts that will go into effect this July—we recognize the administration’s difficult position. But make no doubt about it, the decline in state funding for higher education and the corresponding tuition hikes mean one thing: a decrease in college affordability. Our organization has always worked to keep college affordable, but the stakes have never been higher. This year, we successfully pushed back on efforts to impose the sales tax on college […]

Let Us Know What You Think: 2017 ASUM Annual Student Issues Survey

Every year, ASUM puts out a survey in order to gauge the issues on student’s minds. The survey is crafted through a multilateral process drawing on collaboration between all four campus chapters of ASUM and is an excellent opportunity to let ASUM know where you stand on the issues. Our short survey can be accessed here. If you complete the survey, you will be eligible to win a $100 prize. If their is an issue or question that you would like to see on the ASUM Annual Student Issues Survey in the future, please contact us.

Call to action: Mental Health & STEM

  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead Earlier this week, we made strides toward setting reasonable standards relating to mental health counseling & toward providing opportunities for students and professionals across the state. HB 920, our mental health bill, was referred to the House Health & Mental Health committee, chaired and co-chaired by major proponents of the bill. HB 1135 and SB 471, were referred to the House Workforce Development committee and the Senate Ways and Means committee, respectively. Why […]

Enjoy your fall break!

UM Community, On behalf of ASUM, I hope everyone is having an excellent break so far. Whether you’re catching up on work that has accumulated over the past weeks (like me) or taking this time to enjoy friends, family and good food, I sincerely hope this week serves whatever purpose you intend it to. Classes will be wrapping up in earnest when we return next week, and that’s the time to study hard and demonstrate what you’ve learned this fall. While you’re away, the team and I are still hard at work advocating for you. In just over a month […]

ASUM Board Convenes for Annual Retreat

Written by Jordan McFarland, Assistant Legislative Director COLUMBIA, September, 7, 2016—At the end of last month, the Board of Directors of ASUM convened at the annual Board Retreat to finalize the 2016 legislative platform. Focusing on University System unity in the effort, the Board put forth student centric tangibly progressive platforms capitalizing on the success of ASUM in the past. With the 2016 November elections fast approaching, the Board put forth compelling strategies to increase student voter registration, aiming to shatter previous numbers. Furthermore, in an effort to be more transparent, the Board set forth an innovative initiative to engage […]

ASUM State Internship Applications Open Today

ASUM is searching for a diverse, dedicated team of 8-12 interns for its State Legislative and Communications internship programs. These internships are unique opportunities to engage directly with a myriad of state lawmakers and key administrators within the University of Missouri System, and is a way to push yourself outside your comfort zone to do work that truly matters.   By submitting an application, you are taking the first step towards becoming an effective student advocate. These internship positions are available to students from all UM System campuses. We can’t wait to work with you.   Check out our Internship page to […]

Changing ASUM together

As is true for many student orgs, a lot of ASUM’s history isn’t entirely clear to me. I know we started in Columbia, Mo. in 1975 and gradually got UMKC, UMSL, and Missouri S&T on board over the ensuing decade and a half via student referendums. And I know that we’ve had some notable wins. We lobbied for a student to sit on the Board of Curators and then for them to be able to sit in private sessions, and we won on both accounts. We lobbied for the creation of the Bright Flight Scholarship, and then helped to get […]