Under the leadership of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sylvia Alva, Cal Poly Pomona will initiate, during Fall Quarter 2016, the development of an academic master plan. Cal Poly Pomona’s Academic Master Plan will identify a set of principles that will guide and set directions in planning for the University’s academic programs for the next decade.
Academic Master Plans, in general, can answer four different but related questions: (1) who are the students (how many, from where, what level of student); (2) what are the academic programs offered?; (3) how does the university assure the quality of the programs; and (4) what human, fiscal, and physical resources are needed for the students and the programs? Academic Master Plans are not operational plans but rather statements of values and directions around the answers to these critical questions. Operational plans ultimately align with the principles articulated in the Academic Master Plan.
Specifically, at Cal Poly Pomona, the President and Provost would like the process for the development of the Academic Master Plan to accomplish the following:
- A guided and thorough discussion about the unique academic mission of Cal Poly Pomona and the alignment of the academic mission with the University’s mission, vision, and value statements (e.g., what does it mean to be a polytechnic university with a learn-by-doing philosophy?);
- Identification and agreement on parameters for the development of new academic programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as support for current academic programs (at both the graduate and undergraduate levels) that will fulfill the University’s (revised) mission;
- Linking and specifying the relationship between current and future academic programs (undergraduate and graduate) and the utilization of space on the Pomona campus and in the newly acquired Lanterman property;
- A guided and thorough discussion about the nature of pedagogy, including assessment of student learning, for current and future programs, and how pedagogy shapes the needs of faculty development and physical space construction and development; and
- Recommendations concerning the generation and linking of resources to support the academic programs of the future envisioned in other outcomes of this academic master plan process.
Principles to Guide Academic Master Planning Process
- The Academic Master Plan process is not a program prioritization process nor is it a disguised process to eliminate academic programs.
- The Academic Master Plan is closely aligned and reflects the current mission, vision, and values of Cal Poly Pomona (or as it is revised in the current strategic planning process).
- The Academic Master Plan must be developed and congruent with the currently developing new strategic plan for the University.
- The Academic Master Plan will have direct implications for the campus physical master planning process that is now in its beginning stages.
- The development of an Academic Master Plan depends on widespread campus engagement in the conversations leading to the plan.
- The Academic Master Plan will be completed by May-June 2017.
For additional details, please see http://www.cpp.edu/~academicplan/documents/Cal_Poly_Pomona_Academic_Master_Plan_Process_Timeline_Overview_2016-11-06.pdf.