By Anthony Mendez & Danielle Vorce
Students, staff and faculty gathered in the Bronco Student
Center for a series of open forums this week with Provost Marten
denBoer to discuss the University Strategic Plan.
The strategic plan is intended to act as a 10-year road map for
Cal Poly and identifies key areas important to the future of the
President Michael Ortiz spearheaded the development of the
University Strategic Plan in spring 2008, with the goal of sharing
the vision of the university’s future with its community.
Some of the goals outlined in the plan include enhancing the
student experience on campus, reaching out more to the surrounding
communities and developing a stronger financial footing for Cal
While faculty members and staff asked questions about how the
plan will be funded and how this would affect departments, some
students voiced concerns about how the plan will affect their
education, the availability of classes and programs being cut.
“I am just worried that this plan is more aimed towards incoming
students and students within the graduate program, leaving out
existing undergraduate students, thus prolonging graduation dates,”
said Daniel Chronister, a fifth-year construction engineering
DenBoer assured current students that they will have the
opportunity to graduate in the major they have chosen, even if the
program is chosen for elimination.
“Students who are already in their selected majors will not be
affected by potential program cuts,” said denBoer.
Although some were skeptical about the plan, others were
encouraged by the progress being made.
“I was happy with the result of the open forum,” said Karla
Cardenas, a third-year psychology student. “I feel more secured
knowing … there will be changes implemented on campus.”
The plan was also presented to the Academic Senate, a
legislative body of faculty members, for discussion at its
Wednesday meeting. Final approval of the plan is expected in
For more information on the University Strategic Plan, visit
Provost discusses strategic plan with campus
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