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Communication Studies - College Based Fees - Plan and Letter 2012-13

Communication Studies Department
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

April 10, 2013

Dear Communication Studies Majors,

Student input plays an important role in determining how departments use the college based fees (CBF) distributed to their home departments. Each spring, a committee composed of students and faculty advisors determine funding priorities for the upcoming academic year. The purpose of this report is to bring you up to date on our college based fees spending during current academic year.

2012-13 CBF Committee 
The student perspective was represented by a committee of students invited to make recommendations regarding CBF expenditures. This year, the committee was composed of students Kelly Plasterer (chair) and Dr. Winebrenner, the former department chair, acted as their faculty advisor. Committee budget recommendations were guided by data generated through a web survey that all continuing communication studies majors were invited to complete, as well as historical expenditure data.

2012-13 CBF Budget Overview
For the past few years, economic conditions forced the dean to require that departments devote their entire CBF allocation to direct instruction (funding sections of major courses). This meant that CBF money was not available for indirect instructional expenditures, such as funding career building programs, providing financial assistance for students who have papers accepted at scholarly conferences, funding the department June graduation ceremony, and augmenting the Communication Studies Club and Debate Team operating budgets. Thus, the primary task of the student committee was to recommend which sections of major courses were to be designated as “CBF sections.” The primary import to this designation is that departments are allowed to reserve up to two-thirds of the seats in CBF-designated sections for majors, as well as protect those specific sections from cuts forced by unexpected budget take-backs. Since our student survey included questions about indirect instruction priorities, I had instructed our student committee to make recommendations regarding spending priorities should money become available. No moneys were made available for indirect instruction. However, should such moneys later become available, the student committee gave the chair-decision making authority in deal with contingencies and  identified department activities that would have been funded had money been available. Since CBF money could only be used for classes this year, there was not an opportunity to fund activities prioritized by the student committee, and in amounts related to activity needs and the department’s history with respect to CBF funding supplements. Please see below for a break-down on Communication Studies Department College Based Fee expenditures for the 2012-13.  academic year.

Sincerely,

Bernard K. Duffy, Ph.D.

Communication Studies Department

College Based Fees Expenditure Report

2012-2013

TOTAL CBF BUDGET    $96000
EXPENDITURE CATEGORY (ITEM)       AMOUNT BUDGETED/EXPENDED

Fall 2012 CBF Classes

 
COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication    $6000
COMS 213 Organizational Communication         $6000
COMS 301 Business and Professional Communication      $6000
COMS 416 Intercultural Communication     $6000

Winter 2013 CBF Classes

 
COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication  $6000
COMS 213 Organizational Communication  $6000
COMS 322 Persuasion $6000
COMS 330 Classical Rhetorical Theory   $6000
COMS 385 Media Criticism     $6000
COMS 435 American Political Rhetoric   $6000

Spring 2013 CBF Classes

$6000
COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication $6000
COMS 213 Organizational Communication  $6000
COMS 226 Applied Argumentation  $6000
COMS 311 Communication Theory  $6000
COMS 317 Technology and Human Communication      $6000
COMS 413 Advanced Organizational Communication  $6000
COMS 470 Selected Advanced Topics (Environmental Communication) $6000

Major Courses Subtotal  

$96000

* Major Courses (CBF Designated Sections)

Student Committee Chair: Kelly Plasterer

Faculty Advisor: T C Winebrenner

Notes

  1. Student Committee selected CBF Classes using anticipated course choice data from department-wide electronic student survey administered May 2012 and tentative course offerings plan from department.
  2. Original committee recommendation included COMS 421 Gender and Communication.  Due to staffing contingencies, the department did not offer that course during the 2012-13 academic year.  It was replaced with an additional section of COMS 213 Organizational Communication, the most impacted course in the department curriculum (COMS 213 was ranked #1 and #7 on committee list).
  3. Although the committee was aware of the fact that no CBF funds would be available for indirect instruction projects during the 2012-13 academic year, the report approved expenditures for the following activities (in order):  career building activities, department ceremonies, Debate Team. Had funds become available, the department chair was authorized to determine allocation amounts.
  4. The committee authorized the department chair to modify both direct and indirect instruction recommendations to respond to contingencies or take advantage of unanticipated opportunities.
 

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College Based Fees Plan 2012-13

November 15, 2012

Student Committee Chair: Kelly Plasterer

Faculty Advisor: T C Winebrenner

Fall 2012 CBF Classes

  • COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 213 Organizational Communication
  • COMS 301 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMS 416 Intercultural Communication

Winter 2013 CBF Classes

  • COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 213 Organizational Communication
  • COMS 322 Persuasion
  • COMS 330 Classical Rhetorical Theory
  • COMS 385 Media Criticism
  • COMS 435 American Political Rhetoric

Spring 2013 CBF Classes

  • COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 213 Organizational Communication
  • COMS 226 Applied Argumentation
  • COMS 311 Communication Theory
  • COMS 317 Technology and Human Communication
  • COMS 413 Advanced Organizational Communication
  • COMS 470 Selected Advanced Topics (Environmental Communication)

Notes

  1. Student Committee selected CBF classes using anticipated course choice data from department-wide electronic student survey administered May 2012 and tentative course offerings plan from department.
  2. Original committee recommendation included COMS 421 Gender and Communication. Due to staffing contingencies, the department will not offer that course during the 2012-13 academic year. It was replaced with an additional section of COMS 213 Organizational Communication, the most impacted course in the department curriculum (COMS 213 was ranked #1 and #7 on committee list).
  3. Although the committee was aware of the fact that no CBF funds would be available for indirect instruction projects during the 2013‐13 academic year, the report approved expenditures for the following activities (in order): career building activities, department ceremonies, Debate Team augmentation, Communication Studies Club, student travel to scholarly conferences. Should funds become available, the department chair is authorized to determine allocation amounts.
  4. The committee authorized the department chair to modify both direct and indirect instruction recommendations to respond to contingencies or take advantage of unanticipated opportunities. 

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