The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments has raised an issue of student activity fee funds that are not being appropriately allocated to CCSG.
The funds, which are chiefly designated to the University Park Allocation Committee, the University Park Undergraduate Association and the Graduate Student Association, should partially be going to CCSG.
In the Student Activity Fee Handbook, it says .5 percent of the student activity fee should be going to CCSG. And, this rule has not been followed in full.
But the Student Activity Fee Board, in light of this issue and increased strain on UPAC’s resources, should consider revisiting the allocations to student governments.
As the number of student organizations and student groups increase, there is a heightened need for more money to fund activities. Jesse Scott, the chair of the UPAC, said that more student organizations are requesting money, and traveling requests are seeing the most growth.
Because of this, the Student Activity Fee Board is weighing possible increases to the student activity fee, which is currently set a $85. But, to prevent excessive fee increases in years to come and more efficiently manage funds, it might also be useful to review how funds are distributed among UPUA, CCSG and GSA. Perhaps the large sums allocated to UPUA, CCSG and GSA could be scaled back slightly, and these groups could instead appeal to UPAC in the event that they develop plans that would require additional funding.
This could potentially leave more room for UPAC to focus more funding directly toward the student organizations and the student groups that need it.