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2017-2022 Strategic Plan Goal 2

Advance programs and services that promote behaviors, attitudes and environments that contribute to lifelong success and a culture of well-being.

Implement high-impact practices that improve student retention and graduation 

  • Develop and implement an early alert and intervention strategy with Academic Affairs to encourage continued student engagement.
  • Create comprehensive first- and second-year programs to enhance academic success, engagement and belonging.
  • Expand tutoring, advising and supplemental instruction in partnership with Academic Affairs.
  • Further develop learning communities for first-year, continuing and graduate students.
  • Create additional avenues of academic, personal and financial support for first-generation, low-income, transfer and foster youth.

Lead the commitment for campus well-being

  • Partner with Administration and Finance to design campus environments, procedures and policies that support health and well-being for our Cal Poly community.
  • Develop and implement evidence-based education and programs to promote healthy behaviors for students, faculty and staff.
  • Lead Cal Poly to become a model campus for students' basic needs security, including access to healthy food and stable housing.
  • Innovate university-wide prevention programs, practices and services for substance use, violence and suicide.

Strengthen a lifelong alumni connection to Cal Poly

  • Expand mentorship opportunities for alumni to engage with current students.
  • Collaborate with university partners to establish traditions of on-campus experiences that welcome alumni and friends back to Cal Poly.
  • Create structure to connect alumni with current Cal Poly clubs, organizations and affinity groups on campus.

Create global citizens through co-curricular programs 

  • Expand Alternative Break opportunities worldwide and facilitate access to all students.
  • Develop and implement a Global Citizen Leadership series that prepares students for the challenges and needs of society, including globalization, interdependence and multiculturalism.
  • Ensure all leadership training programs cultivate an appreciation of cultural and human differences and increase awareness and knowledge of a leader's personal and professional roles in contributing to positive social change.
  • Collaborate with university international studies programs to expand meaningful interaction between international and domestic students.

Nurture an environment that attracts and retains a diverse workforce

  • Nurture and enhance a robust and consistent onboarding program to welcome new Student Affairs staff and provide a foundation for success.
  • Design and implement recruitment strategies to create a talent pipeline that produces increased numbers of qualified and diverse candidates.
  • Expand professional development opportunities to motivate staff and build capabilities around diversity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to expand outreach and employment opportunities that attract and retain diverse faculty and staff.

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