Cal Poly welcomed over 5,100 first-year students for the 2022-23 academic year, one of the largest cohorts in recent history. At the same time, the world emerged from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and campus faced a year of transition as it settled into the new reality of hybrid work and learning. Administration and Finance (A&F) staff took major strides to propel the university forward during this period of transition through cross-campus collaborations, increased sustainability efforts, enhanced program efficiencies and more.


William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation

In the newly opened William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation, three colleges come together in one interdisciplinary shared space, moving the campus forward and revolutionizing Learn by Doing at Cal Poly.


Kennedy Library Transformation

Cal Poly is excited to build new connections with the Robert E. Kennedy Library transformation project. While the library gets system upgrades to provide more comfort, accessibility and sustainability, the campus community has the opportunity to connect in new temporary locations during the renovation.


Enhancing Campus Safety

Safety on campus is a top priority, and A&F teams work hard every day to keep campus safe. Public Safety transitioned the Emergency Management Alert Notifications to a new provider - the same one that serves the Rave Guardian safety app - and Risk Management introduced a new Defensive Driver Safety Program to ensure all campus employees maintain the highest standards of safety on the road. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) gave countless safety presentations during its Safety Jam series and launched a quick and easy online form to Report a Safety Concern. Along with preventative measures, it's also important to recognize those who make campus a safe place to live and work. That's why EHS also added the ability to highlight Safety Champions who are doing the right thing.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Units throughout A&F developed diversity action plans to guide their areas in creating more welcoming and equitable campus. Along with planning for tomorrow, many steps were taken to better serve underrepresented communities today.

Strategic Business Services modified its supplier language to create a more open, fair and inclusive procurement environment, encouraging responses from small businesses, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, LGBT Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise vendors. To address on-campus basic needs, Feed Cal Poly allows all students, faculty, staff and supporters to donate to the Cal Poly Basic Needs Initiative and further assist Mustangs in need. And Performing Arts Center programming is the most diverse yet. Through changes and programs like these, the work of A&F is contributing to a more diverse, inclusive and equitable university.

A group of performers in colorful outfits dancing.



Campus Dining

To expand culinary offerings and enhance the broader student experience, Cal Poly Corporation, extended its partnership with Chartwells Higher Education, which offers access to a breadth of strategic resources and industry expertise as well as financial support to continue growth and improvement of Campus Dining in alignment with Cal Poly Master Plan.

Campus Dining also expanded its local partnerships with the addition of a kosher food truck. The full menu is prepared under the supervision of Rabbi Chaim Hillel – Chabad of SLO to guarantee kosher food preparation, processing, and consumption standards.

Community Partners

Colorful mural on a wall.

Partnering for More Art Across Campus

Cal Poly seeks to beautify campus and encourage people to engage with their surroundings by turning blank walls and utility infrastructure such as utility boxes into works of public art. The Utility Box Art Project showcases local artistic talent and spreads creative touches throughout campus, while the new mural at Via Carta – created by Grover Beach artist Oscar Pearson – helps transform the Campus Market outdoor area into a more welcoming place for all to enjoy.

Bus parked on the side of the road.

A New Charter Bus Partner

Cal Poly's partnership with SLO Safe Ride expanded from the successful Mustang Shuttle program to charter buses. Now the primary vendor for chartered bus services, SLO Safe Ride brings a robust fleet of vehicles to meet campus needs.

Across Campus

Strong cross-campus partnerships are critical to the university's success. A&F staff successfully collaborated with a variety of partners throughout the university in preparation for the upcoming Quarter to Semester transition and worked closely with ASI on the Mustang Shuttle expansion. And following years of collaboration between the university, Cal Poly Corporation and Follet Higher Education, the Mustang Shop renovation was completed with more exciting additions coming in the next academic year.



To increase customer focus and best serve campus partners, A&F focused on increasing program efficiencies across the division from the Audit and Consulting Services process to Distribution Services’ ship-to-room option for on-campus residents to a new Performing Arts Center ticketing software. One of the most significant changes is a simplified procure to pay system through CSUBUY that gives Cal Poly employees a straightforward way to purchase goods and services and covers every step from requisition to payment.

Increasing Sustainability

Plastic water bottles


From saving goodbye to single-use plastic water bottles to introducing The RightCycle Program in collaboration with Kimberly-Clark Professional and the Bailey College of Science and Mathematics, Cal Poly made major strides toward zero-waste. And since 2003, campus water usage has remained nearly flat despite a 60% growth in building square footage and 100% growth of on-campus residency!

A variety of beverages in jars labeled 'Lemonade'


Distribution Services and the Surplus office partnered with the Campus Reuse team to connect students to unused university property, which keeps items from unnecessarily entering landfills.

A variety of beverages in jars labeled 'Lemonade'
Students standing under a 'Zero Waste Grad' banner


Graduates and alumni are now welcome to donate used Cal Poly graduation attire to the new Grad Gown Reuse Program. The recycling program exists to divert graduation regalia from landfill, as the vast majority of gowns are only utilized once in a lifetime.

Electric utility van


While the Sustainability team is driving campus forward with a larger fleet of Electric Utility Vans and more electric carts, Cal Poly is also on its way to achieving a growing number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations. The Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture applied for LEED Certification, and 13 Cal Poly Staff Members recently earn their LEED Green Associate Accreditation.

Electric utility van

Gaining Recognition

Cal Poly members holding an award


Cal Poly is fortunate to have many team members who spend their careers committed to the advancement of the university and the Administration and Finance division. In 2022-23, A&F celebrated the career-long achievements Lead Plumber Jason Thomson, who reached over 25 years of service, and Executive Director of Energy and Infrastructure Planning Dennis Elliot, who was presented with the Sustainable Facilities Award to honor over four decades of service.


Cal Poly's climate change mitigation efforts were recognized by several sustainability stewards, including earning a spot on the Princeton Review 2023 Green Colleges list and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Award.


A&F staff continue to go above and beyond, and their dedication was celebrated with a number of distinguished awards and rankings. Cal Poly was named one of the top 10 campuses on the CSU Financial Statements, Strategic Business Services earned its 15th Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, and Cal Distribution Services was honored at the National Association of College and University Mail Services awards.