Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- March 13, 2002
Cal Poly Students Vote to Support Fee Increases
After two days of voting marked by the second highest turnout in university
election history, Cal Poly students voted to support fee increases of
$125 to $200 per quarter to pay for additional course offerings in department
majors, computer lab updates and equipment purchases.
Ballots from the March 13-14 College-Based Fee Initiative election were
counted Friday morning; Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Robert
Detweiler announced the election results Friday afternoon. Some 51 percent
- 8,733 - of the students eligible to vote cast ballots. (Only a 1991
fee referendum on athletics saw a higher student turnout at the ballot
box.) Of those who voted, 61.5 percent of students voted in favor of
the new fees and 38.5 percent voted no.
"Cal Poly students are to be congratulated for the thoughtful attention
they have given to the fee initiative," said President Warren J.
Baker. "Their strong turnout at the polls is evidence of their
commitment to our polytechnic mission and learn-by-doing educational
tradition. I'm proud of our students for demonstrating that they are
committed to sustaining and enhancing the quality of their educational
experience at Cal Poly."
The initiative, which is advisory only, asked students in each of the
university's six colleges to support fee increases that would go directly
to each of the college's budgets. Students in the colleges of Agriculture,
Architecture and Environmental Design, Engineering, Science and Mathematics
and the Orfalea College of Business supported a $200 per quarter fee
increase. Students in the university's College of Liberal Arts endorsed
a $125 per quarter increase.
"Students in all of the colleges supported the increase by a solid
margin," Detweiler said.
The percentages in favor and against the increased fees were: College
of Science and Mathematics, 72 percent to 27 percent; Orfalea College
of Business, 63 percent to 36 percent; College of Agriculture, 66 percent
to 33 percent; College of Liberal Arts, 60 percent to 39 percent; College
of Architecture and Environmental Design, 58 percent to 41 percent;
and College of Engineering, 54 percent to 45 percent.
Currently, undergraduate students at Cal Poly pay $721.50 per quarter
in fees. The $721.50 includes the $476 California State University fee,
plus a $46.62 campus academic fee, a $23 Associated Students fee, a
$55.95 Instructionally Related Activities fee, a $79.95 University Union
fee, a $29 health services fee and a $7 sports complex fee.
The election results will be forwarded to President Warren J. Baker
and to the Campus Fee Advisory Committee. The committee members will
consider the student vote and make a recommendation to the president
regarding implementation of the proposed college-based fees.
If finally approved and implemented, the new fees will take effect for
the fall 2002 term. Each of the individual colleges and their departments,
with significant input from students, would then decide how to spend
revenue generated by the new fees.
In forums and meetings with students over recent weeks, campus administrators
said the fees are necessary to maintain high-quality labs, sufficient
course offerings and low student-teacher ratios - all historical assets
at Cal Poly.
For more information on the fee increases, visit the Student Affairs
Web page on the issue at: http://www.studentaffairs.calpoly.edu/fees/.
For information on the history of fees charged at Cal Poly, visit
For information on current fees charged at Cal Poly, visit the University
Fees Web page
and click on the link for "Winter 2002."