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Former Cal Poly professor’s research finds downsides to semester system

In October 2021, Cal Poly SLO officially announced it would change to the semester system, set to begin Fall 2026. The conversion has since been met with mixed reactions from the campus community.  In June 2019, research was published by three individuals, including former Cal Poly economics professor Stefanie Fischer. In this research, the team […]

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Cal Poly continues to invest in fossil fuels despite the CSU system abandoning the practice

Cal Poly Corporation will continue to invest in fossil fuels, despite momentum from a California State University (CSU) decision on Oct. 6 to stop its own further investment. Former CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro announced last year that the CSU system would no longer make any future investments in fossil fuels. Castro has since resigned, […]

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Former Chancellor Joseph Castro has a guaranteed faculty position — at Cal Poly SLO 

Several Cal State University employee contracts include a policy that guarantees them a backup job somewhere in the CSU system. For resigned CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro, that position is a tenured faculty role in Cal Poly’s very own Orfalea College of Business. Castro resigned as Chancellor in February after USA Today published an investigation into […]

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Cal Poly postpones semester conversion to fall 2026

Cal Poly extended its deadline to switch to semesters amid a change to Cal State’s General Education (GE) system, Academic Affairs announced Wednesday. Cal poly’s semester system will now start fall 2026 after originally being scheduled to start fall 2025. Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, the university’s provost and the Academic Affairs executive vice president, said that a […]

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Update: Cal Poly requires COVID-19 booster shot, testing during first week back on campus

Students accessing campus are required to test for COVID-19 during the first week of winter quarter regardless of vaccination status, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday afternoon. Pre-arrival tests will not be accepted, Armstrong said. The testing schedule is as follows: Unvaccinated students January 2-3: Unvaccinated students (those with medical […]

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Semester switch: here’s what it means for students and professors

California State University (CSU) Chancellor Joseph Castro expects Cal Poly to transition to semesters by the start of the 2025-26 academic year, according to an email sent out by University President Jeffrey Armstrong.  “Almost a decade ago the CSU Chancellor’s Office asked all quarter-calendar campuses to transition to a semester calendar,” Armstrong said in an […]