H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Nov 20, 2012 1:40 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Cal Poly president: expanded enrollment 'likely' next year

Cal Poly's president is praising the passage of Proposition 30. In a letter to Cal Poly parents, alumni, and friends, university president Jeffrey Armstrong says he views it as a good investment for students, the state's economy, and the workforce. Armstrong acknowledges opinions vary on Proposition 30, but says he is hopeful it signals the beginning of the state's reinvestment in public education.

Armstrong says due to Proposition 30, the university in San Luis Obispo will avoid an additional $14.5 million cut in state funds, and that students will not have to pay a scheduled $300 per-year increase in tuition fees that would have gone into effect in January. He says Cal Poly families also will receive a reduction of $500 for an annual tuition fee increase that began this fall.

Armstrong says it is likely that Cal Poly will be able to expand its enrollment next year by several hundred students, which he calls a step in the right direction. However, he says state support for Cal Poly and the CSU system remains drastically lower than it was a few years ago.

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