vidVision 2022, adopted May 2014, sets the framework for more focused planning on two major initiatives: The Academic Plan for Enrollment and Campus Master Plan. Both plans will extend the principles and values of Vision 2022 to the year 2030 and beyond.

The Academic Plan will direct Cal Poly toward the future as the premier comprehensive polytechnic university. It will forecast what graduates need to learn and do to be successful and then shape future curriculum and support programs to meet those needs.  The new Master Plan will translate academic and program requirements into the physical design of the campus. Vision 2022 and the Academic Plan will also guide other more specific activities, including findings from the recent campus climate survey.

Context and Levels

The following diagram illustrates how each level of planning guides the level below. The University’s Strategic Plan, shown at the top, dates back to the early 1980s under President Warren J. Baker, with a major innovation in 1995, when the first campus-based fee was introduced (known as the Cal Poly Plan).  Additional updates occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, followed by the development of Vision 2022 under the leadership of President Jeffrey Armstrong.

Earlier academic planning led to the development in 1999-2000 of a major Enrollment Growth Plan, which provided direction for the physical Master Plan adopted in 2001.  Now, the new Academic Plan for Enrollment being developed in 2014-15 will apply the principles in Vision 2022 and guide the next physical Master Plan.


Concurrent Academic and Master Planning

Throughout 2014-15, and into the following academic year, the two processes will run concurrently so that the analysis and insights work together.

During Fall 2014, academic planning will explore opportunities that build on the university’s academic strengths.  At the same time, the master plan process will explore assumptions and constraints about the physical environment on and around the campus, while reaching out to engage the campus and broader community.  The academic and physical analysis will come together during the winter of 2015 to inform the University and the community about the potential future capacity of the campus.  This discussion will, in turn, guide future enrollment overall and by discipline, as well as direct the physical development needed to accommodate instruction, information systems, other academic activities, support programs, student housing, and necessary infrastructure.

In 2015-16, the master plan process will continue, as specific elements are drafted, followed by a full review of impacts on and off campus, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The University expects to complete the new master plan in early 2016, followed by submittal to the California State University Board of Trustees for approval.