Mission Statement

The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.

CEIS Ranks No. 1 in Graduating Minority and Transfer Students on Time

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According to a Cal Poly Pomona Student Success Report, the College of Education and Integrative Studies is leading the university in terms of graduating underrepresented minorities and transfer students on time.

For minority students, the four-year graduation rate in 2013 was four percent higher than the university average. In addition, the two-year graduation rate among transfer students in CEIS has grown from 40.5 percent in 2005 to 55.8 percent in 2015.

“We are committed to improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gap,” said CEIS Dean Jeff Passe. “Through proactive advising, students have been put on the course for success. We will continue to seek additional resources to ensure our students stay on a steady path toward graduation.”

Next year, CEIS plans to develop more targeted advising initiatives including hosting specialized workshops and helping faculty to become more engaged in student advising. CEIS also plans to expand programs such as the Native American Pipeline and the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  

The Native American Pipeline program seeks to improve graduation rates among Native American students by connecting them with faculty to provide guidance and support. The program recently held its summer conference featuring educational and business leaders.

The IGE program in CEIS is designed to support student success by implementing a cohort model for undergraduate general education. Within IGE, students are placed in groups and complete their general education requirements in courses that minimize lecture and emphasize team projects and creativity.

“Data shows that reaching out to students during their first year to schedule advising appointments and being preemptive in their academic planning leads to higher rates of graduation and overall student success,” Passe said. “With the support of our faculty and advising team, we look forward to improving our services and continuing to close the achievement gap.”

For more information about CEIS, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 869-5370.