Additional Questions from Pizza with the Presidents
Because of time, not all of the questions submitted during Pizza with the Presidents were addressed. Here are some of the answers.
Are there any plans on updating the 24-hour lab?
There are no plans at this time to update the lab.
Can we get a soul food spot on campus or can we get a Wingstop or Raising Cane’s on campus?
There are always opportunities for the campus community let Foundation Dining know what you want to see on campus. The campus community can fill out the Satisfaction Survey currently underway. A food preference survey will be sent in Winter Quarter. Also, customer feedback is welcome and helps us improve our operations.
Is Cal Poly going to have a polling place for the general election on campus?
Yes! Cal Poly Pomona provided a polling place in the BSC for LA County voters.
Why hasn’t bldg. 5 been upgraded and renovated like some of the other buildings? Half of the classrooms still have chalkboards. Also, Anthropology needs a lab room that’s not at risk of flooding. A flood nearly destroyed some precious artifacts last year, along with an environmentally controlled storage area. Why are we the red-headed step children of Cal Poly?
Academic Affairs has a project underway to upgrade 28 rooms, such as replacing chalk boards with white boards. Many rooms in Building 5 are included. Last year, 18 rooms had boards replaced. We will continue to make these upgrades in batches. The colleges provide input on which instructional spaces are the highest priority. Upgrading and replacing the full range of instructional equipment, from presentation systems to microscopes to musical instruments and more, is primarily funded by the campus Student Success Fee, the campus Lottery allocation, and private donations. In addition to the room upgrades, the bathrooms on the first floor were recently remodeled. There are no plans for a new lab for the anthropology department, but repairs to the lab were made following flooding that occurred after a pipe broke on the second floor of the building.
This is more of a feedback rather than a question: The flags around campus are worn but still flown. Shouldn’t there be someone in charge of changing out the flags?
The university replaces the flags on campus every two years.
Student worker payroll are being delayed by 2 weeks. Payroll blames departments when it’s actually a payroll mistake.
If the student completes the hiring process in a timely manner (all required documents provided), the employer completes the appointment offer without any errors and time is submitted on the due date on the correct form, the student receives their pay on the 15th of the month.
We’ve had an influx of on-campus employers that submitted forms with conflicting information – names that don’t match the Bronco ID, incorrect position number, a student who is ineligible to work, and more. Because of the errors, we have to return the incorrect/incomplete forms to the managers for correction.
We recognize that errors happens. We are working with the on-campus employers to make sure that information is submitted correctly and checks are issued in a timely manner.
Why don’t campus police give us a ride after sunset and tell us to get the school shuttle? The point is, I do not feel safe when I call campus police for a ride.
University Police and Parking Services provide escorts for students from sundown at around 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday. Student assistants serve as escorts. If all assistants are occupied, the escort request is forwarded to a parking or police officer. Availability of the officers and the timeliness of the response is based on what calls for service are taking place at the time.
What is going to be done about lighting near the CLA building, walking from the library to F-lots at night? There have been 2 occasions where late at night or even early as 8 p.m. lighting is not working.
Facilities Management will visit the site and look for lighting solutions near the CLA building.
What plans and/or programs do you have in mind that would make tuition, books, and other aspects of attending this institution more affordable?
We are trying to get the word out to students to apply earlier for financial aid. This allows the Financial Aid Office to provide a financial aid package a few months earlier to those who qualify. This also allows students and families to save and make choices for financial planning. We are looking into the possibility of short-term loans or emergency funding programs for those students in special situations and we try to ensure that every student who applies for financial aid is awarding some funding to assist with educational costs.
What is being done and can be done to get more engineering professors for impacted majors, specifically the ECE department?
We have hired 10 new full-time faculty in engineering for 2016-17, and we are recruiting for additional faculty for the future.
Why only have 1 section for ECE core classes when Cal Poly is known for engineering?
The ECE department is actively working on additional sections.
*Priority registration goes to many different groups of students. One group being students who provide an important service to the college (RAs and orientation leaders). Can Annual Fund students get priority? We bring money to the university. It doesn’t necessarily have to be every student caller. Maybe management and those that meet certain fundraising goals. But if we are performing such a difficult and important student job, this caller believes we deserve priority.
Editor’s Note: The answer to this question is pending. We will update when we get a response.
Will tuition really be raised and why aren’t they telling students?
We’re committed to working with our legislative representatives in Sacramento to fully fund the CSU for enrollment growth, access and quality. A proposal for a potential tuition increase has been shared with the California State Student Association. CSSA and the CSU will actively advocate for additional funding in Sacramento with CSU leaders and other university partners. A tuition increase would only be considered as a last resort if additional funding is not provided by the state. We have no plans to raise tuition at this time.
Regarding the summer right before semester conversion, what should we expect price-wise for summer courses?
Last summer, we wanted students to take advantage of the summer session and make significant progress toward their degree. Because summer session is not state supported, we have a different pricing structure through the College of Extended University. Compared to summer 2015, tuition fees were significantly lowered, and students seized the opportunity. We saw a 47 percent increase in the number of courses taken and an overall 29 percent increase in the number of students who registered for summer session. We hope to take a similar approach for Summer 2017 and 2018.
Why are the most required mechanical engineering classes like ME 214, 218, 215 so impacted?
These classes are required by almost all engineering majors. The ME department is very active in course redesign efforts to improve student success. The ME department is working to offer additional seats in these classes as well.
I get to register for classes tomorrow and all the classes I need to graduate by spring are already full.
Whenever you are having trouble getting classes you need, you should speak to the instructor teaching the class to see if you can be added. You should also talk to your academic advisor to see if some other solution, like a petition for course substitution, is available to you.
Why were holds placed on student accounts for emergency contact information 3 minutes before registration opened at midnight? A lot of stress was induced by this action during midterm week, and it jeopardizes students being able to enroll in needed classes to graduate.
The holds were caused by two errors, one human and one caused by the system. We began removing the holds as soon as we became aware of them.
What are your plans regarding the location of the CLA? What will be the new symbol of CPP?
The new Student Services Building will contain pertinent services that are currently programmed in the CLA Building. At this point there are no plans for a new symbol.
The CLA building is the most iconic building at CPP and serves as a symbol of the school. Is there any way we can save it or build it somewhere else?
The campus annually engages with the system-wide office on capital improvements and capital initiatives. This building is routinely part of this ongoing conversation.
Why do the parking lots in front of the library have to be removed? Are there no other possible locations for the new student service building? Did the CLA building absolutely have to be replaced? Will there be future improvements to remedy the removal of the lot in front of the library besides the new parking structure?
The new Student Services Building will house key programmatic functions that did reside in the CLA Building. Therefore, keeping it close to the campus core was deemed essential. The newly opened Parking Structure 2 is providing spaces that were lost due to the construction of the new building. In addition, about 250 spaces will be reconstituted once the new building is finished.
How much revenue, if any, has been made this quarter from parking passes? The recent closure of the train track and residential parking on Valley led over 200 students to have to buy parking passes. What is the revenue used for?
Parking permit revenue for fall quarter was $2.9 million. Parking revenue is used to support the operation of all parking facilities on campus. This includes debt service payments on the two parking structures, maintaining and cleaning all surface lots and our two parking structures, and funding the free Bronco Express shuttle service that provides transportation in and around campus and also connects the campus to the Metrolink Pomona North station as well as Foothill Transit. It also pays for patrolling the parking lots and providing services to students including free vehicle unlocks, free battery jumps and free night time safety escorts.
Will there be lines painted in the new parking structure to indicate stopping at intersections? No one ever yields and it’s dangerous.
We will evaluate the conditions in the new parking structure to determine the feasibility of painting limit lines on the ground at some of the intersections.
When are they going to add one/two/three-hour parking passes in the new parking garage? I came to campus for an hour and had to pay all day.
We have one-hour parking in the surface parking lot immediately next to Parking Structure 2. We also have short-term parking in lots J, G, F8, and F9.
Why is there clean air vehicle parking in the new parking structure if you’re not even going to enforce it?
At the present time, due to the large numbers of student vehicles on campus, we are not enforcing the clean air vehicle parking. However, in the future we do intend to monitor this parking.
Last year the parking permit went up in price due to “paving of overflow lot,” so why did the price not go down this year if that is now completed?
A number of different factors go into the price of a parking permit. This includes existing operational costs and anticipated future costs. The parking permit price stayed the same due to the construction of the new parking structure and the $2 million annual debt payment that must be made on that structure.
Why were parking permit prices raised?
We are happy to report the parking permit prices were not raised this year.
Why are there no parking spots? Was it because of the over-admissions?
The challenge is that the parking is not always where students are looking for it. This year we intend to explore the feasibility of a parking guidance system that would alert students to parking lots that have spaces available.
What is CPP doing to increase the retention of students?
President Coley and the campus community has made student success our No. 1 priority. You may have seen our campus theme across campus: One Team. One Goal. Student Success! A comprehensive, institutional plan will be led by Dr. Sylvia Alva, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Lea Jarnagin, Vice President, Student Affairs, and will engage faculty, staff, administrators and students in several strategies. These strategies include addressing bottleneck courses, high D/U/F courses, graduation and persistence patterns and achievement gaps; aligning class scheduling with student demand and campus resources; identifying and resolving institutional impediments and roadblocks; developing college-based student success teams; providing targeted advising; developing four-year and two-year Academic Critical Path Roadmaps for all academic programs; expanding the One Stop Student Center; and online services and communication. We are encouraging all students to keep on track with their Degree Audit Reports and MyPlanner, which was introduced last spring. The new online tool aims to make registration, course planning and scheduling easier. Individual Advising Plans for students also will help meet the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 that calls for Cal Poly Pomona to more than double its freshman four-year graduation rate to 38 percent from 18 percent and increase the six-year graduation rate to 73 percent from 63 percent by 2025.
There were 20 percent more students admitted this year. How do you plan to compensate in classes for that and how will you improve the graduation rate/percentage?
Fall enrollment reached an all-time high this year with 1,600 additional new undergraduate students. This resulted in a significant increase in enrollment revenue to the campus and the academic colleges have been very focused on increasing classes for students, particularly those classes needed for students to meet graduation requirements. Several online tools are available for students to plan their course schedules so that they will have a clear path to graduation. These include the MyPlanner and Schedule Builder. These new tools aim to make registration, course planning and scheduling easier for students. It also helps academic departments see which courses have the largest demand and target resources to those areas. MyPlanner will also have an impact on the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 that calls for Cal Poly Pomona to more than double its freshman four-year graduation rate to 38 percent from 18 percent and increase the six-year graduation rate to 73 percent from 63 percent by 2025. Keeping track of student progress is one of the keys to graduation.