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Orfalea College of Business Appoints New Associate Deans

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has appointed three associate deans to the leadership team that will support Dean Scott Dawson as he implements a strategic vision for the college. Sanjiv Jaggia, associate dean for graduate programs, will lead the college’s graduate programs, which include master’s degrees in business administration, tax, financial accounting and economics. Kevin Lertwachara, associate dean for undergraduate programs, will guide undergraduate programs among the college’s six academic areas with a particular focus on preparing career-ready graduates. Rami Shani, associate dean for faculty and research, will oversee faulty and research, directing faculty development, hiring, retention and promotion to ensure the college maintains the highest-quality instructors who build a leading experiential business education for students. Dawson, who began his role as dean Aug. 1, said this leadership structure will ensure the college’s ability to implement the new strategy as it bolsters its external presence with alumni, industry partners and supporters worldwide.  More on the new associate deans

Cal Poly Bachelor's Degree Grads Rank 13th in Nation for Median Salaries

Cal Poly bachelor’s degree graduates rank 13th in the nation and among the top three in the state for median salaries among public-university bachelor’s degree recipients, according to’s new 2014-2015 College Salary Report. Early career graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly earn an average of $56,200, behind their peers from UC Berkeley at $59,500 but above UC San Diego at $50,600. Mid-career Cal Poly grads made about $100,100, less than bachelor’s degree grads from UC Berkeley at $114,200 and UCSD at $102,100, the report said. Cal Poly ranked 63rd among all 1,002 public and private schools in median earning amid public and private institutions in the report. The online compensation database expanded this year’s report to include salary-outcome data for all graduates from a school, including those who obtained higher degrees such as master’s degrees and doctorates. Cal Poly does not offer doctorate-level programs.
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Cal Poly is US News' Best In the West for 22nd Consecutive Year

Cal Poly again has been rated the best public-master’s university in the West in the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook — the 22nd consecutive year the university has earned the badge of honor. Cal Poly ranked 10th in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, which includes 120 public and private institutions in 15 states, that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.” Cal Poly’s College of Engineering was named the seventh best master’s and bachelor’s engineering program in the country, behind three private universities and the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.Among engineering programs, Cal Poly’s Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering was ranked the best in the nation. “Cal Poly’s talented students and cutting-edge programs continue to be recognized and celebrated,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Our dedicated faculty and staff  — the people who provide the backbone for our Learn by Doing experience — work hard to give today’s students the tools and education they will need to become tomorrow’s innovators, inventors and community and industry leaders. This honor also belongs to our loyal alumni, whose generous financial and professional support continue to make a Cal Poly education one of the best in the nation.”
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