The change was made to better cater to lower-income students, according to university spokesperson Matt Lazier.
This year’s El Nino was the strongest on record, but the Central Coast is nowhere near out of the drought.
“If I stay home more, Cal Poly is going to be at a disadvantage in a competitive world,” Armstrong said. “If that’s the case, then our students will be at a disadvantage. It is contributing indirectly to our student’s success.”
Presidents at the other 22 CSU campuses will receive raises as well, as will CSU chancellor Timothy White.