Student Learning and Satisfaction



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; the degree to which the student achieves the program and university learning objectives; student engagement in educationally purposeful activities; student development as a whole person; and, ultimately, student satisfaction with the sum total of his/her college experiences.

Although student learning is itself a complex phenomenon, taking place in multiple courses and curricula over a period of years, the metrics provided below evidence the value of a Cal Poly education.
































CLA+ (2017). Spring 2017 CLA+ Results — Institutional Report: California Polytechnic State University [PDF file]. New York, NY: Council for Aid to Education.


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

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