Student Learning and Satisfaction

 Programming for Economics and Analytics course.

Image: Assistant Professor Kathryn Vasilaky and a student look intently at a computer screen during her ECON 395: Programming for Economics and Analytics course.


In higher education, student success is commonly defined as persistence in a bachelor’s degree program, leading to a timely graduation. Cal Poly recognizes that a larger understanding of student success includes student learning; student engagement in educationally purposeful activities; student development as a whole person; and, ultimately, student satisfaction with the sum total of their college experiences.

Although student learning is itself a complex phenomenon, taking place in multiple courses, curricula, and co-curricular activities over a period of years, the metrics that follow provide evidence of the value of a Cal Poly education.


98th. Percentile ranking of Cal Poly seniors on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) nationalwide assessment of writing and critical thinking skills

70.3%. Average percentage of Cal Poly students who had frequent discussions with people from different political, economic, racial/ethnic backgrounds. 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement

95%. Percentage of 2019-20 graduates who secured positive post-graduation outcomes, such as work, graduate school, or other intentional plans

85%. Percentage of first-year and senior-level students who rate their Cal Poly education as excellent or good. 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement.=

 5 from WSCUC plus diversity/equity/inclusionequity/inclusion







































Cal Poly Career Services. Graduate Status Report: Executive Summary, 2019-2020 Graduates.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+). Spring 2020 CLA+ Results — Institutional Report: California Polytechnic State University [PDF]. New York, NY: Council for Aid to Education, 2020.

National Survey of Student Engagement. "A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: NSSE 2017 Answers from Students: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo [PDF]. Bloomington: Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education, 2017, page 3.


Last updated March 2022

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