Mandatory Student Fee Prioritization Report
Published: December 2014
The following report provides an overview of the process, a summary of recommendations, a listing of all accounts/programs reviewed, and an appendix with supporting documents.
On October 20, 2014, SGA President Juawn Jackson announced the formation of a special Task Force to review accounts associated with mandatory student fees and to begin the process of prioritization. The purpose of the process is to review the services offered to students through the mandatory student fees and to make recommendations to enhance, maintain, maintain with reduced funding, and restructure or phase out services provided by these fees. The Task Force was made up of members of the Executive Board of the Student Government Association and the student members of the Mandatory Student Fee Committee.
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More commonly known as SABC, this committee is charged with advising the university president in the budgeting and administration of all student activity fees. The committee, which advises and counsels the university president in these decisions, is comprised of the SGA Executive Board and chaired by the SGA president.
The committee annually funds numerous student activities ranging from the Department of Campus Life to intramural sports, the PRIDE Alliance, WGUR campus radio station, the Colonnade student newspaper, among others. All payments from student activity fee funds are made according to the appropriate business practices of Georgia College, and payments from student activity fee funds are made by the chief business officer of Georgia College upon receipt of a properly approved invoice or contract.
The complete SABC guidelines and process for requesting funds can be found on the Student Life website or downloaded here in a PDF format.
The minutes of the committee meetings and budget hearings can be found on the "Georgia College Official Minutes" website.
All fixed/tangible assets bought with funding from the Student Activity fee are the sole property of the Student Activity Budget Committee (SABC). Registered student organizations purchasing and/or utilizing fixed/tangible assets may utilize the equipment for as long as it is needed but must schedule an inspection with the Asset Coordinator by the end of each semester. Fixed assets are defined as any mechanical and electrical equipment or technology purchased with student activity dollars. Any equipment or technology over $300 must be purchased through the Office of Campus Life to be tagged and entered into the inventory database.