The leadership team from Arizona State University, including ASU President Michael M. Crow, will visit campus on June 15 to learn more about Cal Poly Pomona’s nationally recognized polytechnic education and its success in supporting and graduating a diverse student body.
The visit is part of the team’s higher-education tour of Southern California, which they hope will forge mutually beneficial relationships and inspire fresh ideas.
“As we travel in Southern California, I am particularly excited to visit Cal Poly Pomona and spend some time with President Coley and her team,” Crow said. “CPP is an exemplar of polytechnic education, and its outreach in the community to foster the success of first-generation STEM students is inspiring. I am sure the visit will be one of many exchanges of ideas and best practices between our two great institutions.”
Cal Poly Pomona ranks in the Top 10 nationally among universities for helping students climb the socioeconomic ladder, according to a study by the Equal Opportunity Project. “They remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention,” the New York Times reported.
“We look forward to spending time with President Crow and his leadership team,” Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley said. “ASU has gained notable recognition in a number of areas in recent years, and I am certain that we can benefit from their experience.”
The Arizona State University system has an enrollment of 98,000 students across five campuses, including ASU Polytechnic in Mesa. The master plan for the Polytechnic campus calls for increasing the student body from 4,380 to 15,000 by 2020 and proposes construction of up to 2.8 million gross square feet of new academic, research, support and residential development on campus.
In 2016 and 2017, ASU was named the nation’s most innovative school by U.S. News and World Report.