Goals & Model
- Support students to think critically and creatively, by encouraging student academic achievement, connecting students to resources, and hosting workshops and events that build academic skills.
- Support students to build respect for diversity and to work collaboratively, by fostering student community, encouraging collaboration, hosting social events and workshops, and encouraging social and emotional development.
- Support students to build scholarly expertise and lifelong learning, by fostering scholarship, interdependence, and whole-system thinking through co-curricular partnerships and dynamic learning experiences that push beyond the traditional collegiate experience.
The CP Scholars program seeks to support Cal Poly students from enrollment through to graduation. Our program model is divided to meet the specific needs of Year 1 & 2 students, and Year 3+ students.
Year 1 & 2 Model
- Student academic achievement is supported by the core team of advisors, with emphasis from the CP Scholars Coordinator and the Mustang Success Center Advisor.
- Workshops and development opportunities focus on building skills for college success, such as using Poly Planner and P.A.S.S., tips for course registration, financial aid information, study skills, transfer credit, and clubs and resources around campus.
- Student community and program engagement are encouraged through the living-learning community and on-campus housing. Workshops and social events are provided in the CP Scholars residential areas and students are encouraged to live and learn together.
Year 3 & 4 Model
- Student academic achievement is supported by the core team of advisors, with emphasis from the academic advisors in the student’s college and major.
- Workshops and development opportunities focus on building skills for career and lifelong success, such as building leadership, service to community, identifying personal strengths and areas for growth, networking, and career planning.
- Student community and program engagement are encouraged through service, mentorship, and outreach to young scholars. CP Scholars are asked to attend the fall Welcome Dinner to greet new Scholars and to offer to serve as mentors to young Scholars in the same field of study. CP Scholars are also asked to participate in the Hometown Heroes program to support outreach and recruitment at their former high school.