Two weeks ago, CSU Chancellor White approved a phased-in plan that establishes a mandatory Student Success Fee of $560 per student per academic year to be implemented over a five year period. Beginning in spring 2015 the rate will be $35 per student, increasing by an additional $35 each semester through fall 2018.
In addition, the following administrative changes will be made:
The goal with the Student Success Fee is to further strengthen the learning environment at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and provide students with a full range of resources necessary to support their academic endeavors and ensure they are not hindered in their progress towards graduation.
If CSUDH initiated a Student Success Fee of $280 per student per semester it would generate approximately $7.5 million annually. The funds could support the hiring of academic advisors and faculty, upgrading of classrooms, labs and equipment; in essence, the money would be used to give students the instructional and support services and facilities to help them be successful at CSUDH and beyond.
Expenditure of funds would be monitored by a committee of students, faculty, staff and administrators and an annual accountability report would be generated for distribution to the campus, including to the Associated Students Inc., the University Budget Committee, the Academic Senate, etc.
Consider these facts: the average net price to attend a public 4-year university nationally is $10,471; the CSU average is $6,519; for CSUDH it is $6,095. This equates to fewer resources for CSUDH students in comparison to what students receive at other institutions of higher education across the country and even within the CSU. CSUDH has the second lowest mandatory campus fees in the CSU which places the campus $591 lower than the CSU average of $1,223. (See Chart for additional details [PDF].)
A Student Success Fee will allow the university to invest the funds generated in support of activities, faculty, staff, equipment and facilities that will directly impact CSUDH students. The following are some of the priorities that have already been identified by students, faculty and staff:
A conversation about the feasibility and benefit of a student success fee is being initiated with student groups, faculty and staff. The CSUDH community has an opportunity to provide their input via various group meetings, town hall, and via email: firstname.lastname@example.org