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The He{a}rd At Cal Poly

Many voices, one he{a}rd.

About The He{a}rd

The He{a}rd is a qualitative market research program that is all about you! We want to provide a platform for students to tell us about the programs and services that impact their student experience.

How Does it Work?

The He{a}rd facilitates research questions in the form of focus groups and surveys, and does so through partnerships with various departments, colleges, student constituency groups and student clubs. Our goal is to discover how students think and feel about various topics so that Cal Poly can make informed decisions that are influenced by you. This includes Health Center improvements, identifying and removing barriers to graduation, residential student needs and much, much more.

We want your perspective – and seek individuals with a broad range of experiences, interests and backgrounds – so that Cal Poly can make data-informed decisions on issues important to you. We need your knowledge, opinions and ideas to help make Cal Poly a better, more inclusive campus for everyone!

Get Involved

Be part of the bigger conversation and help make a difference in the programs and services that benefit you at Cal Poly! Here’s how:

  • Sign up to participate in a He{a}rd focus group
  • Are you a department or program that would like to learn from students? We can help you find the answers!

All students will be compensated for their participation, including gift cards to campus dining and the Cal Poly store.

Mission Statement

The He{a}rd is a Student Affairs program built on the principles of acceptance, diversity of thought, and respect for all people. With open minds, we aim to hear from the everyday Cal Poly student. Our goal is to gain insightful student feedback and provide innovative campus research to best inform decisions that will impact students today and tomorrow. 

Meet the Team

Kevin Grant, Director of Student Affairs, Assessment & Research

Kevin has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education and specializes in assessment, strategic planning, program development, and academic student support. He currently serves as the Director of Assessment & Research for Student Affairs, providing division-wide leadership in these areas. Kevin lives in Atascadero, CA with his wife and three children, and enjoys hiking, camping, playing music, horticulture and coaching local youth sports.

Michael Kelker, Student Director

Michael is a third-year Political Science major with a Pre-Law concentration. When he’s not on-campus, you’ll find him at the movies, playing Intramural Sports, and hiking around SLO. He can’t wait to play a role in making sure student voices on campus are heard!

Chris Linthacum, Student Director

Chris is a second year Mechanical Engineering major. When he's not studying, you might find him tinkering with 3D printers and laser cutters, building cool projects at the Innovation Sandbox, working with Cal Poly Racing's Business Team, or watching movies with friends. He is excited to be helping his school make more informed decisions on behalf of students. 

Contact Us

Kevin Grant, Director of Student Affairs,
Assessment & Research


Michael Kelker, Student Director

Chris Linthacum, Student Director

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Administration (Bldg. 1), Room 206
Phone: 805-756-1521
Fax: 805-756-5903

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