Ensuring Your Success

The Doctoral Faculty and Staff at Cal Poly Pomona believe that student success and faculty success are linked together. With this belief, faculty members see themselves as partners in each student’s progress. We are committed to providing you with the teaching, tools, resources, support, and guidance essential to maximize your opportunity for success in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.


Students are assigned a faculty advisor during their first quarter in the program. Besides guidance from faculty, staff, and co-directors of the program, the student’s doctoral advisor will hold periodic meetings to discuss issues important to students. The doctoral advisor will meet with his or her students on a regular basis and/or as needed. Once a dissertation chair is determined toward the last third of the program, the advisor’s role will cease and be transferred to the student’s dissertation chair.  The student will also benefit from the guidance of a mentor from the student’s place of employment. The mentor will be a person who has attained a doctoral degree and is an educational leader within the organization.

Library Support

Cal Poly Pomona is proud of its comprehensive library which supports student learning and research. Learning to search in areas of student interest and how to maintain records of research reviewed are keys in building doctoral success. In order to support students, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program has contracted with the Cal Poly Pomona Library to provide both group and individual consultation support to students at key points in the program.

Methodology Support

Identifying appropriate methodology to support one’s research problem is an essential step toward a successful dissertation. Determining the quantitative and/or qualitative methods and measures to be utilized may well require individual consultation and support. To this end, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program provides faculty or consultant help to support the student’s success. This may include assistance in identifying the statistical measures central to the student’s dissertation.