ASUM-led task force concludes work, issues recommendations

Nearly a year ago, ASUM convened a task force comprised of leaders from across the state of Missouri to explore ways key players can proactively address mental health issues on college campuses. This task force operated separately from our legislative efforts, which were ultimately successful when our mental health bill passed on the final day of session. Today, we are happy to announce that the task force has concluded its work and has arrived at a set of recommendations that, if implemented, could drastically improve student mental health for tens of thousands of Missouri students. These recommendations are intended to […]

2018 Session in Review: Three Bills Cross the Finish Line, Cuts to Higher Education Restored, Bad Bills Blocked

Every legislative session, the ASUM legislative team advocates for the 75,000 students of the University of Missouri System at the Missouri State Capitol. We do this by writing legislation, testifying in committee hearings, and meeting one-on-one with every member of the Missouri General Assembly. This year, thanks to the dedication of our student leadership and our seven legislative interns from across the UM System, ASUM was able to pass several of its key legislative priorities into law. This required a coherent strategy, compromise, and building bipartisan coalitions. It also taught us a great deal about the intricacies of the legislative […]

ASUM Reaffirms Commitment to Improving Mental Health Services

On Sunday, the Associated Students’ Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to mental health issues by passing a two-pronged platform designed to encourage administrative and legislative action on a serious problem facing the college-age population. Our approach in the 2017-18 academic year reflects the successes of the 2016-17 academic year while incorporating some of the feedback and concerns we heard from students, administrators, lawmakers, and counseling directors since we introduced the platform for the first time last year. Standards for Counseling Services in Statute — House Bill 920, which nearly passed last session, has been revised to reduce redundancy and […]