Because implementation of an Academic Excellence and Student Success fee would impact
a broad array of constituents across the campus and community, it was determined that
the alternative consultation process would provide the greatest opportunity for input.
The importance of the proposed fee necessitates greater participation than would be
expected from a referendum process. Per CSU Executive Order 1054
, Student Fee Policy and Miscellaneous Course Fee Delegation of Authority, campus
presidents may use alternative consultation when a referendum is determined to not
be the best way to reach a broad audience. President Haynes determined that the use
of alternative consultation was more appropriate than a student fee referendum. This
decision was based on the consistently low voter turnout the campus has experienced
during ASI elections and other fee referendums held on campus. Alternative consultation
ensures that students from all aspects of campus life have an opportunity to participate
in decisions regarding fee increases and the use of those fees. Since such actions
also impact faculty and staff, it was appropriate to use alternative consultation
to solicit their feedback as well.