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Dictionary of FUSION and Facilities Related Terms


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Facilities plan

Evaluates existing land, infrastructure, facilities and systems in relationship to the colleges purposes, plans, and needs, specifying the capital outlay projects necessary to meet these needs.


Facilities Planning Unit

The CA Community Colleges Chancellor's Office unit providing capital outlay and local assistance project support -- Assistance and support is provided for the construction and remodeling of new buildings and centers, the maintenance and repair of existing buildings and campus infrastructure, the removal of hazardous substances and the equipping of the colleges to meet divergent Statewide enrollment needs.


Facilities Tree

The electronic file structure provided throughout FUSION, COMET and IMPACT. The structure mocks Windows Explorer and is similar to a tree with a main trunk and branches off the side of the tree. The trunk is often called the "parent" and the branches the "children". The branches or children can have their own branches or children. This allows data to be rolled up to one child or to the parent for the overall view of information.


Facilities Utilization Space Inventory Options Net

FUSION is a web-based suite of tools to support the integrated management and reporting on California community college facilities throughout the state. This approach allows for a consistent, standardized approach to be used by all college districts and for improved efficiency for the districts as well as the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) staff who responsible for review and approving district submissions and compiling information system-wide.


Facility Condition Assessment

An FCA is the detailed review of buildings to determine current and future capital renewal requirements. This review will list every deferred maintenance issue and include budgets for future deterioration. The assessment provides information about existing facilities: the size, use, performance, adequacy, and deficiencies associated with each building. A database filled with this information will include the cost to repair deficiencies, correct functional and performance inadequacies, and update facilities to current standards.


Facility Condition Assessment Level 1

A Level 1 (L-1) is a quick assessment based on a visual inspection of facilities and a review of the as-built drawings and other documents. The first phase of a L-1 evaluation is to develop mathematical cost models of all facilities. The facilities are then inspected to validate the data in the cost models. This is done because occasionally a modeled component shows it to be expired but it was actually replaced and not documented or the useful life should be shorten or lengthened. Finally, the facilities are walked to identify obvious deficiencies that are out of sequence with the component’s useful life (i.e. roof leaks in a new roof, broken windows, unconditioned air in a particular room etc.).


Facility Condition Assessment Level 2

A Level 2 (L-2) assessment is a detailed visual inspection of facilities. It is a thorough and complete inspection that categorizes and logs every deficiency over a certain amount, typically $500. The first phase of a L-2 involves a complete walkthrough of the facilities. The deficiencies are cataloged at every level, from the room level to system-wide and even campus wide-deficiencies. Corrections for these deficiencies are determined and priced, and estimates are generated. With this data, the assessors then enter the cost modeling data for every major building system, including exactly where the component is in its life cycle.


Facility Condition Index

An FCI represents the ratio of the cost to correct a facility's deficiencies to the current replacement value of the facility. For example, if a building's replacement value is $1,000,000 and the cost of correcting its existing deficiencies is $100,000, the building's FCI is $100,000 ÷ $1,000,000; that's 0.10 or 10 percent. The larger the FCI, means poorer condition of the facility. General industry guidelines are: 0 - 5% is good; 5.01 - 10% is fair; and greater than 10% is poor. An FCI uses as the basis for analysis an FCA.


Facility Utilization Standards

Facility Utilization Standards are used to help assure that the three segments of higher education use their facilities with a reasonable degree of efficiency. Utilization standards specifiy the amount of time an instructional station (typically a desk in a classroom or a work space in a teaching laboratory) is occupied and in use



Acronym for Facility Condition Assessment.

Related Words  Facility Condition Assessment


Acronym for Facility Condition Index.

Related Words  Facility Condition Index


Acronym for Furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Related Words  Furniture, fixtures and equipment

Final Project Proposal

Complete proposal for each CCC with justification and budget detail. Provides information on relationship between project and comprehensive education and facility master plans.


Five Year Construction Plan

That part of the facility Masterplan that defines the capital improvements the college will need to have if it is to achieve the learning outcomes specified in its College Masterplan.


Five-year Capital Outlay Plan

CCC system wide five-year capital outlay plan contains an in-depth analysis by the Chancellor’s Office of the five-year plans submitted by the districts.



Acronym for Final Project Proposal.

Related Words  Final Project Proposal

FPP Approval Sheet

The FPP Approval sheet provides general information about a project and certifies that the proposal has been approved by the district chief executive officer and board of trustees. The Approval sheet and the Project Terms and Conditions form is the legal basis behind the district's proposal



Acronym for Facilities Planning Unit.

Related Words  Facilities Planning Unit


Acronym for Full-time equivalent faculty.

Related Words  Full-time equivalent faculty


Acronym for Full-time equivalent students.

Related Words  Full-time equivalent students

Full-time equivalent faculty

Full-Time Equivalent Faculty. FTEF is based on the percentage of instructional hours per week considered a full-time assignment for regular instructional employees.


Full-time equivalent students

Full-Time Equivalent Student. FTES is the equivalent of 30 credit units enrolled or 525 student contact hours in credit or noncredit courses per student per year.


Fund Code

Lists types of funding available; currently there is only state and non-state


Furniture, fixtures and equipment

The moveable components of a facility. Items not normally considered permanently attached to the structure, but are considered a bond-able cost in situations of new construction or major renovation.



Acronym for Facilities Utilization Space Inventory Options Net.

Related Words  Facilities Utilization Space Inventory Options Net

FUSION Administrator

CCC staff member at each college in charge of creating and maintaining User Accounts for FUSION