| Spring 2017
Dr. Sylvia Alva
Spring is finally here. Growing up in Los Angeles, I associate springtime with warmer and longer days, Dodger baseball, weekend hikes and a new planting and growing season. For those of us who have the privilege of working in higher education, spring brings countless opportunities to harvest and celebrate the success of our work, none more visible and significant than our commencement exercises in June. This year, we hope to have the largest graduating class in our history.
will be recognizing outstanding faculty with the
Provost's Award for Excellence
George P. Hart Award
and announcing the recipients of the Teacher-Scholar awards and intramural grants for their excellence in teaching and scholarly and creative work. We also honor the recipients of the
Outstanding Advisors awards
Provost Staff Awards
. I look forward to thanking all of our dedicated staff in Academic Affairs at our staff appreciation luncheon for their commitment to our academic mission and the success of our students. This year's staff appreciation event will have a western theme - start combing your closets for western attire.
Congratulations! 2017 Provost's Awards for Excellence:
Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities
Dr. Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman, Associate Professor of Music
Excellence in Service
Dr. David Speak, Professor of Political Science
Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Kamran Abedini, Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
In closing, I want you to know how much I appreciate what you do to make
Cal Poly Pomona
a premier polytechnic university that cultivates success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery and innovation. Thank you.
Dr. Terri Gomez
The California Promise
Senate Bill 412 passed and established The California Promise. Our Four Year and Two Year Transfer Graduation Pledge Programs are now part of the system-wide name of The California Promise Program. The intent of the legislature is that the California State University system increase graduation rates at CSU campuses for low-income students, first generation students, and students from underrepresented minority groups quickly. The California Promise supports freshman students in earning a baccalaureate degree within four years, or two years for community college Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) students. Student participants must be California residents.
Individual Academic Plan Updates
One Stop Student Services is re-branding to better serve Cal Poly Pomona students. In addition to assisting students with enrollment-related questions, the new Bronco Advising Center (BAC) will provide general academic advising and support strategic communication efforts and success initiatives. BAC eliminates the need for a student to travel across campus, or call multiple departments to get answers. The re-branding roll-out will begin in late June with a new logo and redesigned website.
Dr. Larisa Preiser-Houy
Our self-study for WSCUC re-accreditation begins this term. It provides us with a valuable new opportunity to reflect upon, demonstrate and affirm our commitment to high-quality education, evidence-based decision making, and contribution to the public good. In the coming weeks, representatives from across divisions will come together to engage in self-reflection and analysis of our strengths and areas for further development as we write the institutional report for the WSCUC Commission. We look forward to your involvement, feedback and engagement with this important campus initiative. For more information on Cal Poly Pomona's WSCUC accreditation process and campus events, including the upcoming 2017 Summer Assessment Institute, please visit our WSCUC website.
Academic Planning & Faculty Affairs
Dr. Sep Eskandari
Academic Master Plan
Over 100 faculty, students, staff, and administrators engaged in developing the Academic Master Plan. Information about the Academic Master Plan will be shared with the campus community at a town hall meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 (noon to 1:30 p.m.). For additional information, please see:
Tenure-Track Faculty Hiring
28 tenure-track faculty searches are progressing during this year academic year. 37 tenure-track faculty searches have been approved for the 2017-18 academic year, which will result in recruiting the first tenure-track faculty cohort hired on the semester calendar in academic year 2018-19. We will be funding two positions associated with a strategic cluster area.
Research Innovation & Economic Development
Dr. Sadiq Shah
Proposal Review and Approval
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has streamlined the proposal development, submission and setting up an account for award notification. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please reach out to ORSP and let them know and they will be able to guide you through the new process. You may also access information out new website at: https://www.cpp.edu/~research/rsp/cayuse.shtml
Maximize Your Chances to Secure NSF Funding
During the December 2016 NSF workshop, organized by the Faculty Development Center and the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development, Cal Poly Pomona faculty who have both received NSF grants and served on the NSF review panels shared their experiences and strategies for success. The workshop was recorded, and it is now available for viewing at ORIED's website at the following link:
Enrollment Management & Services
Admission applications reached an all-time high of 50,300 for Fall 2017 demonstrating that Cal Poly Pomona is becoming the first choice university for more students each year. The first phase of admission and financial aid offers were sent out in December which is 1 ½ months earlier than prior years. Fall 2017 enrollment is expected to be similar to Fall 2016 enrollment at 24,000 students. We will enroll about 850 fewer entering freshmen and transfers to maintain incremental enrollment growth that supports student success within the capacity of the campus. www.cpp.edu/~enrollment/index.shtml
Academic Research & Resources
Recently, we contacted more than eight thousand students, freshmen and graduating seniors, with an invitation to participate in The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). More than 14% have already responded to questions that provide perspective for our campus and 650 institutions nationwide. Students can reach the survey via a link on Blackboard through June 1. Those who finish it can win a drawing for BroncoBucks! Our goal is to reach the average institutional response rate of 20% or more. For information about this or other activities and a wide array of campus data, visit www.cpp.edu/arar.
Dr. Francelina Neto
Fall 2018 is rapidly approaching! We made great progress preparing for the transition from quarters to semesters: the 2018-19 catalog production is underway, students with less than 60 units to degree are being advised to graduate in quarters. We are testing system features and processes to ensure a smooth transition.
Office of Academic Programs
Semester Conversion Office
are currently working on the final stages of curriculum approval and the tables that will guide curriculum transfer between courses in quarters to semesters. These conversion guides are being reviewed. Once complete, they will be used for transitional student advising and updating Degree Progress Reports (DPR). Additionally, departments are reviewing pre- and co-requisites for semester courses. These achievements would not have been possible without your dedication determination and collaboration.
College of Environmental Design
Department of Art
will receive a $65,000 active-learning classroom through an Active Learning Center program grant. The
grant includes design, installation, movable furniture and on-site training for class amenities.
Cal Poly Pomona
is one of only 15 institutions in the country selected to receive a classroom.
College of Engineering
In on-going efforts to instill interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
ematics) in young minds, the College of Engineering held its second annual Femineer Summit.
To learn more about Femineers, visit: http://www.cpp.edu/~engineering/diversity/cppwe/femineers.shtml
College of Science
The College of Science grew to 4,400 students this fall and welcomed thirteen new tenure-track faculty. To maximize student success, the College of Science Advising Center has
implemented group advising for the first time this academic year. Our facul
been awarded $4 million in grants this year totalin
n, including several
National Science Foundation grants. External support provides students with hands-on experiences in research. We are looking forward to the 12th Annual Science Research Symposium on May 26
Collins College of Hospitality Managem
The Collins College of Hospitality Management raised more than $530,000 at Hospitality Uncorked 2017 while hon
Gina Gallo, senior winemaker for Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, and her husband Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor for the Boisset Cololection, with the
Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award. Visit our web site.