Capital Improvement Program

Capital Improvement

The primary objective of the capital outlay program for the California State University is to provide facilities appropriate to the CSU's approved educational programs, to create environments conducive to learning, and to ensure that the quality and quantity of facilities at the twenty-three campuses serve the students equally well. Cal State Fullerton’s five year program describes what projects the campus would develop, their scope and budget, and in what priority order the projects would be started, if funds were freely available. Cal State Fullerton submits a proposed five year capital outlay program annually in November.


Core instructional and support facilities may receive state funds according to CSU systemwide standards and guidelines. Many types of campus facilities, however, are not eligible for state funds.

Funding for state funded projects typically depends on successful competition with projects proposed by other CSU campuses, and voter approval of a statewide bond initiative. Funding is never so abundant that all projects may be implemented on schedule. Projects may be delayed for years before ultimately being funded.

Funding of nonstate funded projects such as student unions, parking and housing depend on verifying the alternate form of funding, such as donor gift, fees, reserves, and so on.

Criteria of Setting Priorities for Sate-funded Projects

  • New Facilities / Infrastructure

    These funds eliminate instructional and support deficiencies, including new buildings and their group II equipment, additions, land acquisitions, and site development.

  • Existing Facilities/Infrastructure

    A. Critical Infrastructure Deficiencies 

    These funds correct structural, health and safety code deficiencies by addressing life safety problems and promoting code compliance in existing facilities. Projects include seismic strengthening, correcting building code deficiencies, and addressing regulatory changes which impact campus facilities or equipment. These funds also include minor capital outlay and capital renewal projects. 

    B. Modernization/Renovation 

    These funds make new and remodeled facilities operable by providing group II equipment, and replacing utility services and building systems to make facilities and the campus infrastructure operable. These funds also meet campus needs by modernizing existing facilities or constructing new replacement buildings in response to academic, support program needs and enrollment demand as appropriate.

Procedures for Securing Funding for State-funded Projects

  1. Campus submits capital outlay project proposals to Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) at the Chancellor’s Office.
  2. CPDC develops the capital outlay program for review and approval by the Board of Trustees.
  3. The Board of Trustees approve a proposed capital outlay program for the CSU.
  4. The proposed state-funded portion of the capital outlay program is submitted to the State of California Department of Finance. Based on evaluation of budget submittals and other appropriate data, the Department of Finance recommends projects for inclusion in the Governor’s Budget.
  5. CPDC, with the assistance of the campus answers questions raised by the control agencies during their review and evaluation of the budget submittals.
  6. When the Governor signs the Budget bill, the Governor’s budget is transformed into the Budget Act. The Budget Act indicates the source of funds for each appropriation.