Construction of new residential dorm brings heavy expectations

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  1. CalPolyProud says:

    I am becoming so disheartened by the changes at Cal Poly. I can see that a lot of the positive elements that have attracted kids (and families) to this campus are diminishing. The expanded growth of the campus/student body is making it difficult not only for current students but the community as well. SLO has always been a college community that supports the campus/students. Everyone had been able to co-exist nicely. As the campus continues to rapidly grow it is putting a strain on the community. It is effecting local housing and neighborhoods, traffic and the quality of the community and the quality of life of the residents that live there. On campus it is effecting the students. Classes seem harder to get and housing for off campus students is next to impossible to secure. This is forcing some students to live further away from campus. And, soon parking for the students who are farther from campus will be difficult to find when they travel in for class. I don’t see that building the dorms will have much of a positive impact – other than Cal Poly being able to accept more incoming freshman. After freshman year most students prefer to live off campus and I don’t know how the local community will continue to absorb the impact. I have to trust that minds greater than mine have this figured out. It seems that there are some cracks in the foundation, so to speak, that should be addressed before they continue to expand the student body and build dorms.

    1. CalPolyInvolved says:

      Actually, the reason these dorms are being constructed is to create more housing options for upperclassmen in either Cerro or PCV. CalPoly has already stated that the student body will not continue to “grow”, the acceptances they send out each year will remain consistent… The campus is still very reasonable to walk/bike to classes considering its size. Those that choose to live off campus choose to live in locations that have their own responsiblies to react and grow due to demand. Again… Just want to stress that the student body is not “expanding” merely the campus is attempting to offer housing for a larger portion of the student body.

      1. Concerned says:

        “Enrollment growth is essential. California — really, the country — needs more Cal Poly graduates,” Armstrong said. “However, the extent, nature and timing of growth are questions that we need to investigate with all of Cal Poly’s stakeholders — on campus and off campus.

        “This includes evaluating our master plan, engaging the Academic Senate, as well as consulting with our city and community leaders. We must work together in asking and answering the right questions.’’

        Among the questions, he said, would be an assessment of what the impact would be on the community as well as what the economic impact would be on the city and region. At the campus level, he said, there are many complexities, including what facilities the campus would need for classes, labs, and offices as well as for student housing and dining.

        Enrollment this fall will be about 19,800 students, including graduate students. Armstrong said Cal Poly should consider growing by as much as 4,000 to 5,000 students over the next few years, depending on state funding, private support and the ability to physically accommodate new growth.

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