After reading Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong’s statement about the potential expansion of enrollment at Cal Poly by 4,000 to 5,000 students, I found it very ironic trying to drive my wife to work at 8 a.m. on Highway 101 northbound from the Madonna Inn to the Grand Avenue exit; Santa Rosa Street north of Foothill Boulevard, Grand Avenue and many related streets were backed up to the point of no movement.
If Cal Poly cannot manage the return of its current student body any better than this, how is it going to manage the added housing needed (it can’t meet its current housing goals for 20,000 students), added parking, added staffing and new teaching space required for this buildup in five years? The campus growth over 100 years, as the whole city grew and changed, cannot be compared with the impact of 4,000 or 5,000 additional students over five years.
Such an expansion may make sense as a long-term plan but is ridiculous to discuss happening over the next few years. A lot of public discussion by the college administration with the city and the broader college community needs to be done before they attempt to grow the college as stated.