Cal Poly Opportunity Fee Committee Background
Cal Poly represents one of the greatest values in higher education, but the cost of a Cal Poly education remains financially prohibitive for many low-income and first-generation California students. Limited financial aid for campus fees has significantly contributed to Cal Poly having the highest costs of attendance of all public universities in California, once financial aid is taken into account. Following an alternative consultation process, whereby input was received from approximately 2,200 students and faculty across campus, Chancellor White approved the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee (CPOF).
Funds from the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will be used to expand the university’s successful Cal Poly Scholars program, which provides students from California partner high schools with scholarships for up to five years, a technology package, proactive advising and other support.
This fee will be assessed on all non-California-resident undergraduate students beginning in fall 2019. In addition, the fee will be cohort based and phased in over four years (2019-2022). The target for out-of-state enrollment will continue to be 15 percent. Admission criteria will continue to be identical for in-state and out-of-state students. Graduate students are excluded from paying or receiving the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee.
The CPOF will be distributed in the following manner: student grants (50-70%); direct student support and advising (15-25%) and hiring of tenure-line faculty members with an emphasis on diversity (15-25%).
Committee Purpose and Role
The CPOF Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the University President. The committee will review proposals provided by the Graduation Initiative (GI) 2025 Team and will make appropriate endorsements to the President regarding the use for student support and advising. No more than half of this amount will be spent on student support and advising for Cal Poly Scholar recipients. The remainder will go to general support for all students.
All nomination recommendations will be submitted to the President for approval.
- ASI President (co-chair)
- Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (co-chair)
- ASI nominations: (4)
- Non-California student representatives who may be ASI Board Members (2)
- ASI Board Members (2)
- Cal Poly Scholars (2)
- Academic Senate Chair or designee (1)
- Provost or Designee (1)
- Vice President for Student Affairs or Designee (1)
- Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion or Designee (1)
- Provost's Office Representative (1) – non-voting
- Senior Vice President Administration & Finance Office Representative (2) – non-voting
Summary: 12 voting members, 7 of whom are students, and 3 non-voting members. A quorum exists if at least one co-chair is in attendance and at least five student members are present.
Each student voting member of the Committee will serve a one-year term and may serve up to two terms (with the exception of the Vice President of Administration and Finance who serves continuously as co-chair).
CPOF Committee Guidelines
- Annually the Budget and Finance office will prepare revised CPOF projections.
- Initial meeting to be held with the Graduation Initiative 2025 Team and CPOF Committee to discuss institutional priorities and potential project/initiatives for use of direct student support/advising funding.
- The Graduation Initiative 2025 Team will submit project/initiative recommendations for direct student support/advising funding to the CPOF Committee.
- The CPOF Committee will review submitted recommendations. The review will include a formal presentation by a GI2025 Representative(s) of submitted projects/initiatives as well as a question and answer session.
- A summary of the projects/initiatives funding recommendations will be submitted to the University President.
- President responds to the CPOF Committee with final approved allocations.
- Notification will be provided to the Graduation Initiative 2025 Team regarding final approved allocations. The final allocations will be posted on the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee website.
- Committee members have an obligation to discharge their responsibilities with the best interest of the university at the forefront of their considerations. While each committee member is appointed to represent a particular area/unit, it is important to rise above self-interest in committee deliberations.
- Committee members will receive an advanced copy of the submitted proposals to review and prepare questions specific to their represented area. These copies are not to be shared or distributed outside of the committee.
- Each proposal presentation will be provided by a GI2025 Initiative Team Representative. No testimonials or lobbying of voting members outside of the CPOF process is allowed.
- Voting members may not delegate or proxy votes to other individuals or groups. Voting will take place via roll-call only.