- Cal Poly Humboldt? CSU System Encourages HSU to Make Plans to Become State’s Third Polytechnic University
Moments ago, on today’s installment of this week’s proposed budget tour, Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped a bombshell for Humboldt County: His proposal will set aside an eye-popping $433 million to transform Humboldt State into a polytechnic university — the CSU system’s third.
“I am a big supporter of Cal Polys. We have two; we want to create a third. And that’s the significant investment: $433 million,” Newsom said. “We’ve been working with the Board of Trustees — the incredible new leader at the CSU — about this opportunity to revitalize the economy in Northern California around Humboldt State, and to look at this opportunity to have a third polytechnic campus.”
While it’s uncertain precisely what form the university would take under this new designation, polytechnic universities generally have a greater focus on the sciences and applied, hands-on education. Presumably the university’s longstanding excellence in earth sciences — biology, botany, fisheries, forestry and the like — would form the backbone of the new polytechnic.
Regional leaders are already applauding Newsom’s announcement:
Today’s major announcement - investing over $400 million - to help transition Humboldt State into California’s third polytechnic university is a game changer for the campus, our regional economy and the greater North Coast community.— Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike) May 14, 2021
We expect more reaction to this massive proposed investment — which must still go through the legislature — soon, and will update. Suffice to say, for now: This is a big deal that could alter the county’s course significantly.