Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the Student Success Fee?
  2. How would I benefit from the Student Success Fee and how would the revenues from the fees be used?
  3. How much is the fee and when would it take effect?
  4. What happens if the fee is not approved?
  5. Why now?
  6. Are there other alternatives to the Success Fee?
  7. Will this fee impact a student’s Financial Aid?
  8. How much longer would the library be open?
  9. How would Wi-Fi be expanded/upgraded for the campus?
  10. How can I be sure the Student Success Fee will be used for the outlined programs and services?
  11. Will this fee bring back Tennis or add other sports like football?
  12. Why do we need to provide more funds for veterans? Didn’t we just open the Veteran’s Resource Center?
  13. Will we still need the Student Success Fee if Prop 30 is passed at the November 6 elections?
  14. What does indexing to the Higher Education Price Index mean and why is it needed?
  15. How do you define high-demand classes?
  16. Why is the Bronco Pride allocation so much?
  17. Do other institutions support athletics with campus fees?
  18. How can the athletics fee benefit my student experience?
  19. How will the Student Success Fee free up ASI and Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) funding and what is the plan for the funds that are freed up?
  20. Does the fee continue to be charged after the first 3 years?
  21. What is the impact of Prop 30 on the Student Success Fee?
  22. Is the Student Success Fee related to the others that are being discussed by the Board of Trustees?
  23. How can students stay involved and informed about this fee?
  24. What is the role of the oversight committee and sub committees?
  25. For classroom improvements, will all majors get equal allocations of money?
  26. What is ASI's role with regards to the Student Success Fee initiative?
  27. How is the BRIC affected by the Student Success Fee?
  28. How will ASI benefit from the re-allocation of the funds that was mentioned in the presentation?
  29. How will the reallocation of ASI funds be handled?

  1. What is the purpose of the Student Success Fee?
    The Student Success Fee will enable Cal Poly Pomona to overcome some budget cuts, preserve quality education and engagement opportunities for our students, in line with our "learn by doing" philosophy. The fee will provide the university with resources to support student success through the enhancement of academic programs and offerings, expansion of information technology support, and provision of services that enrich student life.

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  3. How would I benefit from the Student Success Fee and how would the revenues from the fees be used?
    Here is breakdown of the how the fees will be allocated:

    2013-14
    • Additional sections of classes that you need to graduate
    • Additional hours of free Learning Resource Center (LRC) tutoring
    • Updated classroom equipment
    • Expanded library hours
    • New weekend research desk hours
    • More opportunities for involvement in your academic department
    • Upgraded Wi-Fi in the library
    • Replacement of student use computers in library and labs
    • New evening IT help desk hours
    • Expanded funding for academic student groups

    2014-15
    • New instructional approaches in the classroom
    • Innovative First Year Program offerings
    • Additional academic advising services in the colleges
    • New evaluation of student learning to improve instruction
    • Upgraded classroom equipment
    • New weekend IT help desk hours
    • Additional student use computers replaced
    • Improved and expanded outdoor Wi-Fi in front of the Bronco Student Center
    • Expanded ASI programs and services

    2015-16
    • Stable funding for intercollegiate athletics
    • Additional funding for diversity programs
    • Support funding for the Veterans Resource Center
    • Full implementation of planned program and service enhancements funded by the Student Success Fee

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  5. How much is the fee and when would it take effect?
    The fee would take effect in Fall 2013. The fee is per quarter, per student. The fee will be phased in over three years and will not apply in Summer Quarter when administered by the College of the Extended University.
    2013-14
    $74

    2014-15
    $102

    2015-16
    $129

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  7. What happens if the fee is not approved?
    Vital programs and services will continue to be cut, some programs may be eliminated completely, and there will not be basic funding for enhanced student success initiatives, technology infrastructures, and student engagement opportunities.

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  9. Why now?
    The University is facing the worst financial crisis in the history of the CSU. The current budget deficit for the CSU is $132M. The current annual deficit for Cal Poly Pomona is $23.8 million and growing. To cover this deficit the University has been spending down its reserves, which are expected to be depleted in 2 years. It’s critical that we act now to have solutions in place prior to the reserves being exhausted. With the upcoming November Elections, if Prop 30 fails, the CSU faces an additional $250 million mid-year "trigger" cut on top of the $750 million reduction from last year, lowering state funding to $1.8 billion. That would be the lowest level of state funding the system has received in 17 years and nearly 40 percent below CSU funding only five years ago. Strengthening academic support services for students is projected to ultimately reduce the time to graduation, resulting in a reduced overall cost.

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  11. Are there other alternatives to the Success Fee?
    Yes, the Capital Campaign of $150 million that is currently at $110 million, but the wonderful and challenging part of working with donations, is that the donors choose where the money goes. As a campus, we do not get to choose where the money is allocated. Many gifts are from future estates, and the funds come to the campus after the donor passes away. Cal Poly Pomona is 1 of only 3 CSU campuses without a Student Success Fee.

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  13. Will this fee impact a student’s Financial Aid?
    Since this fee is charged to all students, it will be included as “fees” in the calculation of the cost of your attendance at CPP. Any financial aid you receive can be applied to your student account to cover this fee along with your other required campus fees. Because the fee will be added to the cost of education, some students will receive additional funding and some may not see an increase. This fee is less than what other campuses are paying for a Student Success Fee and many of these academic services may help students in their path to graduating sooner and reducing the number of quarters they will attend.

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  15. How much longer would the library be open?
    The Success Fee would allow the library to be staffed on weekends and extend the hours in the evenings and weekends for approximately 50 additional hours per quarter. In addition, the Research Desk would also be staffed on the weekends.
    Current library hours are:
    Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday 12:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.

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  17. How would Wi-Fi be expanded/upgraded for the campus?
    During the first year, Wi-Fi in the Library will be upgraded. The following year, outdoor Wi-Fi will be improved and expanded in front of the Bronco Student Center. Future decisions about the upgrade and expansion of campus Wi-Fi will be made in consultation with student leaders.

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  19. How can I be sure the Student Success Fee will be used for the outlined programs and services?
    An Executive Committee will oversee the revenue from the Student Success Fee to ensure accountability and transparency. The Committee will be composed of 3 students appointed by ASI, 3 faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate, and 3 administrators including the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs and Chief Information Officer or their designees

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  21. Will this fee bring back Tennis or add other sports like football?
    No. The Student Success fee stabilizes funding for the current Athletics program. There is no funding included for additional teams. But if we lose one more athletic team, we will not be eligible to compete in Division II. We have the minimum number of teams at this time to remain eligible.

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  23. Why do we need to provide more funds for veterans? Didn’t we just open the Veteran’s Resource Center?
    The number of student-veterans is significantly increasing at the campus and is expected to grow further in future years. All the services for veterans have been funded by one-time grants and that funding will go away in a few years.

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  25. Will we still need the Student Success Fee if Prop 30 is passed at the November 6 elections?
    The Student Success Fee will restore funding for services and programs that have been reduced or eliminated due to continued budget cuts to the CSU to date. The fee will also create some additional funding for new academic programs and information technology enhancements to support student success. The passage of Prop 30 will prevent the $250 million trigger cut to the CSU that would otherwise lead to further cuts to the CSU and slash the Cal Poly Pomona budget by an additional $12 million.

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  27. What does indexing to the Higher Education Price Index mean and why is it needed?
    The Student Success Fee will be adjusted annually to account for the inflationary increase in the cost of providing the outlined services and programs. This will enable the campus to sustain the quality of service delivery into future years. The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is a measure of inflation that is designed for institutions of higher education. The fee, along with other mandatory campus fees, will be indexed to HEPI effective Fall 2014, if approved.

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  29. How do you define high-demand classes?
    A high-demand class is a class where the number of students who want to take the class exceeds the number of seats scheduled. The choice of which high demand classes will be able offer additional sections will be based on a number of factors, including the availability of instructors, the number of students required to take the class, the role of the class as a prerequisite to other classes, the size of waitlists in previous quarters.

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  31. Why is the Bronco Pride allocation so much?
    Athletics has been a rallying point for regional, national and international University recognition for over 60 years – most notably in recent years. In 2009 and 2010, the men’s basketball team played in the National Championship game on national television (CBS) – a great source of pride regularly talked about by our 130,000 alumni. We could not begin to put a cost on the goodwill this has created for image and identity of Cal Poly Pomona. We have directly witnessed the re-engagement of several prominent alumni who have made significant contributions throughout the campus in part because of this. If approved, the Student Success Fee would reallocate current contributions to support Athletics from ASI & IRA budgets and countless other groups will greatly benefit from the available resources that athletics will no longer request.

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  33. Do other institutions support athletics with campus fees?
    We compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Nearly every institution has a current dedicated fee in place to support athletics on their campus. Currently at Humboldt State University and San Francisco State University, their entire athletic department budgets – including salaries are fee based. This is not the case at Cal Poly Pomona.

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  35. How can the athletics fee benefit my student experience?
    Over the past few years, athletics has continually worked to improve facilities on the campus. Kellogg Gym has received a complete makeover the past two years. Not only is the gym now one of the very best arenas to attend and support the Broncos, but students compete in intramurals and participate in activity classes (through Kinesiology) in these great surroundings.

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  37. How will the Student Success Fee free up ASI and Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) funding and what is the plan for the funds that are freed up?
    The ASI annual budget provides designated funding for athletic scholarships and tutoring through the Learning Resource Center. The IRA annual budget provides funding for athletics and athletic championships. If the Student Success Fee is approved the ASI and IRA budgets would no longer have obligations to Athletics and tutoring services, freeing up nearly $1 million that can be used to support additional allocations to currently funded club organizations and activities and provide funding to new ones.

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  39. Does the fee continue to be charged after the first 3 years?
    Yes. The fee is phased in over a three year period, and will be fully funded in 2012-15. After 3 years, the fee will continue.

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  41. What is the impact of Prop 30 on the Student Success Fee?
    Proposition 30 will have no impact on the Student Success Fee. For more information on Prop 30, please click here.

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  43. Is the Student Success Fee related to the others that are being discussed by the Board of Trustees?
    No

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  45. How can students stay involved and informed about this fee?
    The results of the consultation process will be shared with the campus community.

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  47. What is the role of the oversight committee and sub committees?

    Oversight for the Student Success Fee will be administered through an Executive Committee, as well as line item specific sub-committees in Academic Affairs and I&IT.

    The Executive Committee consists of the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Student Affairs, Chief Information Officer (or their designees), 3 faculty, and 3 students appointed by the Academic Senate and ASI to ensure accountability and transparency.

    The primary role of the Executive Committee is to insure that annual expenditures are appropriately made in compliance with the intent of the Student Success Fee. In several line items, annual decisions will need to be made about where to prioritize the use of funds. The sub-committees will solicit proposals, make recommendations, and report to the Executive Committee.


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  49. For classroom improvements, will all majors get equal allocations of money?
    Funds will be allocated where they are most needed, as judged by a committee with student and faculty representation. The criteria the committee will use include the benefits to student learning and success from the proposed improvement, the number of students who will benefit, and the cost.

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  51. What is ASI's role with regards to the Student Success Fee initiative?
    ASI has been hired by the University to develop the marketing and information materials for the proposed Student Success Fee, a service that ASI provides to various departments and student groups across campus. ASI’s motto is “students serving students” and the marketing support for this key University initiative is an important way to serve the student body through the information campaign.

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  53. How is the BRIC affected by the Student Success Fee?
    There is no direct connection with the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) and the Student Success Fee. The fee for the BRIC was approved in 2010 and will take effect in 2014. The fee, which is an increase to the existing Bronco Student Center Fee, will go directly to support the programs and maintenance as well as the debt service for the BRIC. ASI is excited that the construction on the BRIC has begun and the project was fully approved and funded with support from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU Board of Trustees. The Student Success Fee is a new category II fee that will support other programs and services with no relation to the recreation center facility or programs.

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  55. How will ASI benefit from the re-allocation of the funds that was mentioned in the presentation?
    Currently, ASI supports the athletic scholarships and the ASI Tutoring Program (offered through the Learning Resource Center) as a part of the ASI Fee that all students pay. These programs are a part of the proposed services that would be supported by the Student Success fee. If it passes, the funding that is currently allocated to Athletics and Tutoring could then be re-allocated to the other programs and services that are currently supported by the ASI budget like the BEAT, Campus Recreation, and all of the student Councils. The re-allocation of funding would allow for more opportunities and programs in addition to stabilizing the funding source for Athletics and tutoring.

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  57. How will the reallocation of ASI funds be handled?
    The decision on how to reallocate the funds will be made by the ASI Senate and will be implemented through the ASI annual budget process. Each year, the ASI Senate submits the proposed ASI Annual Budget to the University for final approval.

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