Mission

College of Environmental Design

The College of Environmental Design (ENV) is a hatchery of design ideas, an incubator of innovation and experimentation, a conservatory for precedent and best practices, and, at its best, a wonderland that inspires a passion for learning. ENV prepares design professionals and scholars to shape the future of built and natural environments and to develop creative solutions which are effectively communicated.

ENV connects people, places and the environment in an effort to improve communities and resolve pressing problems facing society. With a unique integration of the arts, architecture, landscape architecture, regenerative studies, and urban and regional planning, as well as a "learn by doing" approach grounded in the polytechnic tradition, ENV is a leader in design excellence and innovative problem-solving for communities in Southern California and around the globe. This leadership is demonstrated by its nationally ranked educational programs and award-winning research, scholarship, creative activities, and outreach.

ENV Strategic Plan 2019-23 booklet cover

Mission
Cal Poly Pomona cultivates success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery and innovation. The College of Environmental Design (ENV) prepares design professionals and scholars to shape the future of the built and natural environments and to develop creative solutions which are effectively communicated. 

Vision
ENV is a hatchery of design ideas, an incubator of innovation and experimentation, a conservatory for precedent and best practices, and, at its best, a wonderland that inspires a passion for learning.

Read about the 2019-23 ENV Strateic Plan in its entirety here

Goals and Outcomes
Below is an overview of strategic plan is organized around five goals with more specific supporting objectives:

Goal 1: Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Weave interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the curriculum by expanding and adapting available facilities to promote collaboration and exchange, cultivating resources, and exploring new technologies and innovative approaches to teaching, making ENV a college where something interdisciplinary is happening all the time.

  • Outcome 1: By 2023, ENV will have increased interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the curriculum.
  • Outcome 2: By Fall 2023, ENV will have increased space and financial resources devoted to interdisciplinary projects. 

Goal 2: Diversity. Fulfill ENV's mission of becoming nationally recognized for diversifying the design disciplines by stretching our capabilities to bring all perspectives to light.

  • Outcome 1: ENV will match the University's goal of 0% URM achievement gap by 2025.
  • Outcome 2: Work with campus partners to remove obstacles to academic success for our diverse student population, to be evaluated annually.
  • Outcome 3: By Fall 2023, 50% of ENV new tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and staff hires will be from underrepresented minority groups.
  • Outcome 4: By Fall 2023, 10% of the ENV First-Year student cohort will identify as African-American.

Goal 3: Communication. The strengths and accomplishments of faculty, students, staff, and alumni are well-recognized, understood, and celebrated.

  • Outcome 1: ENV and its departments understand our stakeholders' perceptions about the strenghths and weaknesses of our programs.
  • Outcome 2: By 2023, the College will be recognized for its leadership in advocating for interdisciplinary perspectives and educating both internal and external audiences on the benefit of interdisciplinary design.
  • Outcome 3: Develop a collateral campaign to promote ENV through print, digital, and social media formats.

Goal 4: Growth. Consistent with Cal Poly Pomona's reputation as a student-centered institution, hire more tenure-track faculty, experienced professoonal practitioners, and graduate assistants to accommodate growth of ENV programs, ensure high-quality interaction between students and faculty, and further improve ENV's academic reputation.

  • Outcome 1: Increase ENV headcount and FTES parallel to the University's, as part of CPP's response to the State's and the CSU's call for increasing the number of college graduates entering the workforce.
  • Outcome 2: Grow ENV tenure density beyond increases in student population to elevate student success.
  • Outcome 3: By 2023, produce a plan to increase ENV's external funding by 25% to support the College's growth goals.
  • Outcome 4: By 2023, the space available to the College for studio and instruction will be increased to accommodate growth and addresses the unique needs of our programs.

Goal 5: Research, Professional, and Creative Activities. Support the Teacher-Scholar Model and other avenues for creative professional engagement.

  • Outcome 1: Increase the number of ENV faculty involved in research, professional, and creative activities, and further raise the quality and quantity of work produced.
  • Outcome 2: Increase the visibility of faculty members' research, professional, and creative activities, and create stronger connections between research and the classroom.
  • Outcome 3: Create College-wide annual journal booklet that is an academic collection of scholarly works, articles, and other creative works to promote faculty research.