The Cal State Fullerton’s provost’s office is seeking to alter a certain student fee to include student travel for classes.
The current consolidated course fee, also known as a CCF, includes some miscellaneous course fees except travel expenses, event and facility admissions, sports equipment and musical instruments.
The provost’s office filed an action request against the current CCF at the Associated Students’ board of directors meeting on Tuesday, aiming to alter the fee so that it will include student travel expenses for classes.
The request, presented by Alyssa Adamson, the executive director of academic resources in the office of the provost, asked to include student travel as a permitted expense for the CCF, a type of fee colleges use to fund specialized equipment, software and guest speakers.
Adamson said that the addition of student travel to the CCF would not affect the student fee.
“The ability to add travel to the consolidated course fee would lessen the financial drain on the IRA fee, which has a significant number of requests for travel,” said Dave Edwards, the executive director for ASI.
Edwards said that not all programs can be funded through the IRA, and if the action request is approved to the CCF, it would be able to pay for some of the travel expenses for students within those programs in the IRA.
If student travel is approved as part of the CCF, musical theater students could participate in out-of-state showcases, and members of other programs could attend professional conferences.
Adamson and Yessica De La Torre, coordinator for assessment and student fee programs, began working on this action request during the 2019-20 school year.
Adamson said that the pandemic delayed the action request to add student travel to the CCF.
A summary of the CCF funds used between 2019 and 2020 showed over 70% of the funds were used for technology and materials.
Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Chico are currently the only two CSUs with a CCF in place that funds student travel.
“Oftentimes, department chairs and faculty will spend hours — and I mean hours — trying to find ways to support experiences for their students, so this provides another avenue, if you will, for the colleges to be able to support students,” Adamson said.
Maria Linares, ASI board of directors chair and a member of the 2020-21 Student Fee Advisory Committee, said at the meeting that she fully supports adding student travel as a permitted expense for the CCF.
“I am fully in support of it because a lot of, again, our low income, working class students can’t afford these things and they can’t afford to go on field trips that sometimes are required through their class,” Linares said.
Aside from student travel, CCF funding currently does not pay for common class materials such as whiteboards, desks and podiums.
De La Torre said the committee has asked other campus faculty for their feedback regarding the action request. She said the committee will review the information on April 23, during their last meeting, and vote on the proposed change.
De La Torre said that if travel expenses are included in the CCF, it would start as soon as fall 2021.