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Developing and Inspiring Whole-System Thinkers

Presidential Direction

"If we stay true to our bedrock principles and we execute on well conceived plans - I am confident that Cal Poly will thrive as a nationally recognized beacon of excellence."
-President Jeffrey D. Armstrong

Key Principles

Four principles unite Cal Poly as a campus:

  • Student Success
  • Learn by Doing
  • Excellence through Continuous Improvement
  • Comprehensive Polytechnic University

These principles give rise to our values and vision.

Vision

Cal Poly will be the nation's premier comprehensive polytechnic university, an innovative institution that develops and inspires whole-system thinkers to serve California and help solve global challenges.

Strategic Imperatives

Through a process of broad campus consultation, Cal Poly has chosen six strategic imperatives:

  • Develop and inspire whole-system thinkers
  • Embrace the teacher-scholar model
  • Foster diversity and cultural competency in a global context
  • Promote a culture of support, philanthropy, and community engagement
  • Achieve sustainable growth and support world-class facilities and equipment
  • Ensure our financial future

These imperatives will guide our decisions and actions, and we will measure our progress annually.