History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
Officially incorporated in 1964, California Polytechnic State University’s Associated Students, Inc. presides over a variety of aspects of student life on campus including student government, the management of several on-campus buildings, and employing students to work in these facilities. The official ASI webpage proudly states their vision to “be every student’s connection to the ultimate college experience.” Cal Poly has had student body presidents since the 1905-06 school year, but it wasn’t until 1921 that the first official organization was created in the form of the Student Affairs Council, or SAC. Nationally, student self-governance in higher education has existed in a variety of forms since the 1700s beginning with literary societies, only evolving into modern day student associations such as our ASI near the turn of the twentieth century. The strong desire for any form of autonomy came from the “students’ beliefs that they should be involved in the aspects of college life which most affected them.”
 “About Us,” ASI Cal Poly, accessed February 9, 2016, http://www.asi.calpoly.edu/about_us.
 “About Us,” ASI Cal Poly.
 Fred L. Genthner, memorandum to Ole Melund, 7 Jan 1977, ASI/SAC — CPVF, Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA.
 Walter P. May, “The History of Student Governance in Higher Education,” The College Student Affairs Journal 28, no. 2 (2010): 207.
 Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society, s.v. “Student Government,” by Glenn Wallach, 794.