In the spring of 1976, students voted by an overwhelming majority to approve a constitution which instituted the first student government at Cal State Bakersfield. The organization has evolved since that time, and was incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit organization.
The Associated Students, Inc. is comprised of a Board of Directors, with directors from each school, class level, and the dorms, in addition to the student body president and vice presidents. Decisions made by the Board members affect all students. ASI serves as the primary voice regarding student interests and issues.
The first student body fees were collected in winter 1978 and these fees continue to support student government, a variety of clubs and organizations, activities, services, athletics, and the children’s center.
ASI has been instrumental in the development of several projects that have enhanced the campus community. The Associated Students, Inc. were instrumental in the planning, development, design, and construction of the Student Union which was completed in 1994. In addition, Runner Park was completed in 2000 and was designed and funded entirely by the Associated Students, Inc. for the enjoyment of students, past, present, and future.
ASI is more than just a student government. It is a unique organization that fosters student leadership and involvement in educational, cultural, and social activities.