ASM is the official student government of UW-Madison representing the needs of over 40,000 students. ASM is a hybrid-model government composed of both a highly active grassroots, volunteer-driven element that advocates for student issues and concerns and a parliamentary structure which facilitates the administrative side of the organization. ASM also actively works with campus administrators on students' behalf, ensuring that the student voice is heard in Bascom Hall.
ASM was brought about as a response to the Wisconsin Student Association, which was similar to ASM but lacked crucial features such as responsible checks and balances and a fiscally transparent accounting system. The WSA disbanded in 1993 and one year later ASM was founded with a similar mission but with a better framework to accomplish its goals. It's a good thing, too, because Wisconsin state law concerning shared governance requires that students have a voice in all student-life decisions!
ASM is dedicated to one cause: maintaining and improving the quality of education and student life on campus. Past victories for ASM include securing Madison Metro bus passes for all students, creating a 24 hour library, planning a Shadow Day for high school students from underrepresented groups, and ensuring a full study day before finals.
ASM also distributes the segregated fees that are part of every student's tuition. These fees go to fund a variety of important programs and services such as the student bus pass, SAFE Walk, and help in the funding of recreational facilities such as the SERF and the NAT.
All students enrolled at UW-Madison are automatic members of ASM, allowing them to take part in and voice their opinion about the many programs, events, and activities ASM funds.
Student Activity Center (Room 4301) • 333 East Campus Mall • Madison, WI 53715-1380 • Phone: (608) 265-4276 • Fax: (608) 265-5637