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Administrative Areas

In addition to the Colleges, there are multiple administrative departments in Academic Affairs. Information and offices' website links are listed below:

Academic Personnel

The Academic Personnel (AP) Office works with deans, associate deans, department chairs and faculty on matters related to faculty recruitment, retention, tenure, promotion, and the CSU-CFA (California Faculty Association) collective bargaining agreement. The Associate Vice Provost for Academic Personnel provides contract interpretation and campus policy oversight. Academic Personnel manages faculty personnel processes such as compensation programs, grievance/arbitration, promotion, recruitment, retention, sabbatical/difference-in-pay leaves, tenure, as well as the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) and Pre-Retirement Reduction in Time Base Program.

Academic Programs and Planning

The Academic Programs and Planning office facilitates academic planning for new and existing degree programs, manages the accreditation and program review process for all of Cal Poly’s academic programs, and oversees the University’s Instructionally Related Activities program (IRA).

The office is also responsible for developing academic policies, implementing system-wide California State University (CSU) initiatives and conducting reporting to meet all accountability requirements.


Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office helps you plan your finances and organize your resources to cover your college costs. Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education, and is not intended to be used as a student's sole means of income. The types and amounts of aid Cal Poly awards or recommends are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need. Cal Poly students have a variety of financial aid programs available for assistance. Programs vary in eligibility criteria, award amounts, and repayment options.

Institutional Research

The scope of the Office of Institutional Research includes:

  • Providing aggregate data to support campus planning and analysis
  • Establishing baseline data
  • Preparing analytical reports
  • Support for strategic planning, assessment, program review, and accreditation

International, Graduate, and Extended Education

Library Services

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is dedicated to providing services to the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Research and Economic Development

The Research and Economic Development proactively strives to foster an environment in which the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students are encouraged and rewarded; seeks to identify and create opportunities for financial support of these activities; advocates for Cal Poly's research activities both on campus and at the local, state and national levels; and promotes the reputation of Cal Poly's research and scholarship locally, nationally and internationally. To achieve these ends the Office of Research and Economic Development, and its constituent Grants Development Office, collaborate with students, faculty, staff and administrators in programs, departments, colleges and administrative units of the University, with the Cal Poly Corporation, and with various private and governmental organizations.

University Advising 

University Advising, a division of Academic Programs and Planning, provides oversight for university-wide academic advising initiatives. We are charged with creating ongoing collaboration and communication with the advising community, providing assessment support for advising efforts, delivering advisor training and professional development opportunities, empowering the profession of advising, and revising and implementing policies focused on retention and student success. Read more about our office and initiatives on the University Advising website.

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