In the spring of 2005, the Associated Students of Colorado State University approved a $10 per credit hour facility fee to be used for capital improvements at CSU in ASCSU Senate Bill 3430. This was the result of a downturn in the state budget at the time, and a lack of funding from the state to higher education institutions for capital construction and improvement projects. This new fee was approved by the CSU System Board of Governors at their June 2005 meeting, and was assessed to all students taking classes at the Fort Collins campus beginning with the fall 2005 semester.
The first meeting of the UFFAB was held November 10, 2005 in the ASCSU Senate Chambers with representatives from most of academic colleges in attendance. Since then the UFFAB has met every other week on Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m.
Voting members of the Board consist of one student representative from each of the undergraduate College Councils, one representative from the Graduate School Council, and two student-at-large members each from a different college. The student-at-large members are appointed each year by the new ASCSU President prior to the last meeting of the spring semester. These student-at-large members report to the ASCSU Senate at least once a month.
Each voting member may have one Associate Member, with the approval of the UFFAB Chairperson. Associate Members must be from the same college as their voting members. Associate Members representing student-at-large members are exempt from this stipulation.
Student Members are responsible for service as a liaison to their designated College Council. Each Member will attend user committees and subcommittees on a volunteer basis and/or as appointed by the Chairperson.
Steve Hultin, Director of Facilities is Advisor to the UFFAB. The Vice President for Information Technology serves as an ex-officio member to the Board, to ensure that technological needs are incorporated appropriately into projects.
Project presentations are made to the Board by either Steve or the requesting entity and must address specific criteria, as set out in the UFFAB Bylaws, to be considered for funding by the Board. No project is presented to the UFFAB unless it has already been submitted to the Physical Development Committee for their review.
To date the UFFAB has voted to fund $164,697,510 for capital construction projects. Those projects reviewed and approved for bond debt and/or funding with the student facility fee are listed on the attached document.