Mustang News Staff Report
Cal Poly announced the possibility of switching the university to a “year-around” schedule, as well as a number of other details for Cal Poly’s future in a press release today.
The announcement came as a part of the ongoing master plan update, which began last fall. The master plan lays out how Cal Poly will use its land in the future, as well as what buildings and facilities it will have. On April 23, the university released parts of its plan in a campuswide email.
Here’s a look at the conceptual maps Cal Poly released.
The “year-around” schedule was raised as one of two options to respond to the university’s continued growth.
“The year-around option allows Cal Poly to graduate more students, while minimizing the number of students on campus at any given time. It is also more efficient, because facilities are being used throughout the year, versus sitting idle or at reduced capacity over the summer,” the press release said.
The second option is to maintain the growth the university has had over the past 15 years.
The release also stated that developing more university housing for students is a goal. The university would like to house all freshmen and sophomore students on campus, and 30 percent of juniors and seniors.
New housing would increase the percentage of students living in university housing from 38 percent to 65 percent, the release stated.
Cal Poly is considering using the north end of campus for most of the new development, the press release said. This would keep it away from existing city neighborhoods.
“One concept is the creation of a creek-side village near Brizzolara Creek on the north side of campus, which would serve as a hub of student life and campus activity,” the release stated.
The university released a selection of maps with the press release, showing concepts for Cal Poly’s future.
The press release said that the maps and information released are merely conceptual ideas.
“They do not represent specific proposals. The university will continue to engage the community and solicit input regarding the various concepts, including during two public open houses to be held in May,” the press release said.
The university will be holding two open forums to solicit feedback about the potential plans: May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Robert E. Kennedy Library Atrium, and May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the San Luis Obispo City Library (955 Palm St.).