What were the experiences of women on campus and how did it reflect broader national trends and changes?
Cal Poly was originally a coeducational school, but in 1930 women were prohibited from enrolling. They were allowed to reenroll again in starting 1956-1957. What did the return of women to campus in 1956 and 1957 reveal about expectations of women and men students in their academic and/or social lives?
What was the 1963 protest on the suspension of women students? How did President McPhee's response reveal his approach toward students?
Were majors gendered at Cal Poly? What majors were women participating in? For example, what were the experiences of women in engineering?
What about all these Queens-- Homecoming queens, Poly Royal Queens, Engineering Week Queens, Printing Week Queens, etc.
How did Title IX impact women on campus?
CAL POLY TRADITIONS
Week of Welcome - development, challenges and opportunities, what didn't work, why it stuck
Poly Royal (which was later rebranded as Open House) - what was the messaging the campus put out at this mega open house? What were they telling the local community? What was the purpose of Poly Royal, the themes we chose each year, how it changed over time?
Homecoming - campus relationship with alumni
ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT CAMPUS
How does the architecture of campus reveal the time and goals of that time? Brutalist architecture of the UU, Library, Architecture Building, etc.
How do the Campus Master Plans reveal campus and administrator priorities of the curriculum and student life? Compare master plans from different years
Why are buildings named after people? Who are those people and what does it tell us about campus?
How is the campus laid out? Why? Why does it matter?
CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Pick a campus club and analyze their activities and purpose on campus.
The Gay Student Union was not permitted as a ASI- and campus-sanctioned club in the 1970s. How did the students respond? Why did the president and dean of students deny the club?
What was the purpose of the Faculty Wives' Club (now known as the Cal Poly Women's Club?) We have a large collection of their records, so you may want to browse through and see what questions are raised.
How did the Pushing Hubby/Honey Through transform with the time? What was it like to be a married student at Cal Poly?