Capacity Crowd Attended Cal Poly Pomona's Access to Excellence

Capacity Crowd Attended Cal Poly Pomona's Access to Excellence
About 650 people attended Access
to Excellence on March 2.
Nora Babinski takes notes during Access
to Excellence.
Scott Warrington, Lilian Metlitzky and George Bradshaw participate in a panel discussion.

Roughly 650 members of the Cal Poly Pomona community participated in Access to Excellence on March 2, giving their valuable input regarding the direction the university is headed in the next 10 years.

The day-long brainstorming session focused on strategic areas that are central to the university's ability to enhance student access and success as well as academic quality.

“Cal Poly Pomona has reason to be proud,” said President Michael Ortiz. “This university community came together in record numbers, all focused on creating the best possible academic experience for this and future generations of students. The feedback provided that day reflects how seriously we take our responsibilities and how willing we are to change for the better.”

All 23 California State University campuses will be hosting similar daylong events. The goal of the system-wide Access to Excellence initiative is to identify strategic priorities to meet the challenges facing the CSU and the individual campuses. Access to Excellence will provide an additional basis for initiatives needed to ensure access and excellence into the future.

The purpose of beginning the process at the campus level is to ensure that the process leading to the next CSU strategic plan will be broadly inclusive, involving dialogue among – and outreach to – the multiple constituencies that define the CSU and its mission.

In April, a system-wide summit will be held to review feedback from the campus conversations prior to the development of a draft plan. Following internal consultation and revisions, the draft plan will be the basis for a series of public convocations this fall targeting key external stakeholder groups, including public policy audiences.

The final plan will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval in May of 2008.

Video of Ortiz' introduction, the two panel discussions and the six breakout sessions are available at: