Auxiliary organizations are separate legal entities
authorized in the Education Code to provide essential
services to students and employees.They operate in
association with campuses pursuant to special
written agreements, and are authorized to perform
specific functions that contribute to the educational
mission of the campus.
CSU auxiliary organizations have been in existence
for many decades as a necessary supplement to statesupported
instructional and administrative activities.
The first organization, the Fresno State College
Association,was established in 1922. Student
associations have operated at San José, San Diego,
San Luis Obispo, Chico, Fresno, and other campuses
since the early 1920s.The growth of auxiliary
organizations has paralleled the growth in size and
complexity of the CSU.
These organizations are subject to applicable state
and federal laws and regulations. In addition, they
operate within the policies established by the CSU
Board of Trustees, the chancellor, and the CSU
campuses. As of the beginning of the 2005 fall term,
there were 87 auxiliary organizations, with one to six
per campus, and two systemwide auxiliary
organizations. Most of these organizations can be
grouped into five major functional categories:
- Associated Student Body Organizations: These
are student-run organizations that operate such
extracurricular activities as student government,
student newspapers, athletics, cultural programs,
and many other student activities related to the
overall educational mission of the campus.
- Special Educational Projects: These
organizations administer projects that have a
direct relationship to the educational process of
the campuses and are funded by numerous
sources. Major sources of support come from
federal, state, and private grants and contracts.
Projects are designed to meet the needs of the
program sponsor and campus programs.
- Student Union Operations: Student union fees
collected by the campus are deposited in the
Dormitory Revenue Fund Union account to pay
for the principal, interest, and other costs of the
building.Any surpluses remaining from the student
union fees after the bond and other costs are met
may become available to the student union
auxiliary organization to pay operating expenses.
- Commercial Activities: These activities consist
mostly of the operation of bookstores, food
service, and agricultural projects.Agrarian
activities are particularly important to campuses
offering instruction involving direct experience
with farms, cattle, poultry, etc.
- Development Activities: These organizations
primarily administer programs related to the
management of gifts, bequests, devices,
endowments, trusts, and similar funds, as well
as programs related to public relations,
fundraising, fund management, and similar
The auxiliary organizations must be self-supporting.
They do not receive funding from General Fund
sources.They derive revenue from various non-state
sources such as contractual arrangements (e.g.,
federal government), general assessments (e.g.,
student body fees), and commercial operations (e.g.,
bookstores). Pursuant to existing laws and policies,
the materials, facilities, and services provided by the
campus to these separate entities are paid for by the
auxiliary organization. Revenue in excess of
expenditures for a given period is used to establish
working capital and reserves, and to pay for capital
expenditures or special campus programs.
All auxiliary organization financial activity is reported
yearly. Financial reports are audited annually and
later incorporated in the systemwide CSU audited
The Parking Program provides campus parking
facilities as authorized under the provisions of
Section 89701 of the Education Code. The program
itself is self-supporting and derives most of its
revenues from parking fees paid by students, faculty,
staff, and visitors. Additional income is available from
interest on retained earnings.
Consistent with CSU objectives for increased
accountability at the campus levels, management of
all operations of the parking program is decentralized
to the campus level.The parking fee revenue is
deposited by campus to a campus-specific parking
fund, and campuses have the authority to expend
those funds directly. Campus spending of the parking
fee revenue is restricted to the acquisition,
construction, and maintenance of campus parking
facilities. Revenues for 2006/07 are projected to be
$73.5 million. The projected revenue will be
sufficient to cover operating expenditures as well as
transfers for debt service payments of bond principal
To facilitate the trustees’ policy of providing
adequate parking throughout the system at the
lowest possible fee, every effort is made to minimize
The 2006/07 proposed budget incorporates reimbursements to the General Fund
for supervising and dispatching services provided
by the campuses. Expenditures relating to utilities,
communications, and support services provided by
the General Fund are reflected as direct or indirect
costs, as appropriate.
The California State University had a total of 138,035
temporary and permanent spaces as of July 1, 2005.
By the end of 2006/07, the projected total number of
usable parking spaces is 146,417.
The Housing Program at the CSU provides residential facilities for students.
The State Dormitory Construction Fund was
established under the State Revenue Bond Act of
1947, and bonds were initially sold to support the
construction of campus housing facilities. In 1957, the
legislature approved a residence hall program, which
was financed by both state and federal funds.Today,
the Housing Program is a self-supporting program
deriving its revenues primarily from fees collected for
the use of the residence facilities. Funds are used for
current operating expenses, maintenance and repair,
improvements to facilities, and interest and principal
payments on outstanding bonds.After payment of all
authorized charges, the balances in any of these funds
remain available for future program expenses.
The 2006/07 Dormitory Revenue Fund system housing design capacity at the CSU
is projected to total 33,701 spaces.
The total projected revenue for fiscal year 2006/07
provides approximately $179.5 million for housing
operations. From this amount, approximately $58.4
million is used for debt service for payments of
principal and interest on revenue bonds issued to
finance construction of student housing and major
Extended and Continuing Education
CSU campuses have maintained Extended and
Continuing Education (self-support) courses,
programs, and services for over a century. Originally
grounded in service to teachers, Extended and
Continuing Education operations have grown to
include baccalaureate and graduate degree programs,
certificates, and many forms of specialized education
and training for business, industry, and government.
A variety of instructional technologies, including
television and Web-based learning, carry CSU courses
to local, regional, and national audiences.
Extended and Continuing Education programming is
authorized in Section 89704 of the Education Code.
In accordance with Education Code Sections 89704
and 89721(i), revenue collected from Extended
Education and Special Session fees may be deposited
either in the State University Continuing Education
Revenue Fund (CERF) in the state treasury or in a
local trust account.While the character and
composition of campus Extended and Continuing
Education programs vary considerably, most units
maintain the following common instructional
elements: (1) Special Sessions, (2) Open
University/Concurrent Enrollment, (3) Extension
Operations, and (4) Non-Credit.
Systemwide self-supporting operations are governed and encouraged by the
Board-authorized Commission on the Extended University.
Campus CERF and trust ledgers had a cumulative balance of $68 million at the
close of operations on June 30, 2005.