The California Promise Program
The California Promise Program enables a specific number of campuses of the California State University (CSU) to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in four years. Many campuses have also established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in two years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.
Students who commit to enter either the four-year or two-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement.
Senate Bill No. 412, which establishes the California Promise program, specifies that "a student shall not receive priority registration in coursework under the program if he or she qualifies for priority registration under another policy or program, as determined by the campus.” At Cal Poly, priority registration is determined by a student’s academic progress level, i.e. percentage of completed degree-applicable units.
In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan, and complete 45 quarter units within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other important requirements as well. Interested students entering Cal Poly in the Fall 2017 term should contact the California Promise advisor, Gina Salazar, in the Mustang Success Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the CSU’s California Promise webpage.
The California Promise at Cal Poly
Cal Poly has established a pilot pledge program for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer to complete their baccalaureate degrees in two years. The Bachelor of Arts in English is the only major available at this time.
- The student must be a California resident.
- The student must satisfy the transfer selection criteria for the intended major. See Transfer Selection Criteria for access to the criteria for each undergraduate major.
- The student must commit to completing at least 45 quarter units per academic year, using the electronic pledge form. Summer quarter may count toward the first or second year. Students who transfer more than 90 degree-applicable quarter units or their semester equivalent to Cal Poly may complete the program in less than two years, or take less than 45 quarter units in their second year.
- The student must meet with the California Promise advisor in the Mustang Success Center.
- The student must submit a two-year educational plan on PolyPlanner, an online tool that allows students to communicate their course needs to the academic departments. See Welcome to PolyPlanner for more information.
- The student must have the two-year plan approved by the California Promise advisor. The students may pursue a minor if it is an approved part of the two-year plan.
Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to enter the pledge program.
Requirements for Continuing in the Pledge Program
- The student must demonstrate completion of at least 45 quarter units in the prior academic year.
- The student must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the term grade point average based on all graded work for the term or the Cal Poly cumulative grade point average based on all graded work completed at Cal Poly.
- On a quarterly basis, the student must meet with the academic adviser in the student’s department or college.
- On a quarterly basis, the student must update the two-year educational plan on PolyPlanner and have the plan approved by the academic advisor.
- The student must enroll in classes during the established priority registration period as determined by the student’s academic progress level. See New Registration FAQ for more information.
- The student must pay all fees by the required deadlines.
Students who fail to meet any of the above requirements will not be allowed to continue in the pledge program.
The Bachelor of Arts in English Program
The English Department’s Bachelor of Arts in English program promotes the study of literature, language, and rhetoric in an effort to better understand the human condition. English majors learn to read carefully and deeply, to think critically and creatively, and to write clearly and persuasively. The interdisciplinary department offers courses in literature, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, technical and professional communications, linguistics, film, and English education, providing a rich foundation of English Studies to majors.
The Bachelor of Arts in English curriculum for junior transfers begins a core series of transatlantic literature courses designed to introduce majors to the literary histories of Britain and America. Additionally, students take upper-division courses and seminars in the major, and have the ability to take advanced classes in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, technical and professional communications, linguistics, and English education. The senior project course for English majors allows them to design and create their own capstone experience, working one-on-one with a faculty member in the field.