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Mustang Success Center

Building 52, Room D37 (805) 756-6211

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff TrainingThe Mustang Success Center provides advising-related training for faculty advisors, staff advisors, and peer advisors throughout the Cal Poly community. The advisor training curriculum is guided by five foundational components of advising: Conceptual, Informational, Relational, Technological and Personal.

For additional information about any of the programs listed below, please contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler in the Mustang Success Center at or ext. 6-5735.

Academic Advisor Training

New Advisor Training Program​

Academic Advisor Training is a two-week course designed to provide a standardized training experience for new Cal Poly staff members who serve in a student-advising capacity. We'll cover conceptual, informational, relational, technological, and personal components of advising.

Mentor Network

Anticipated pilot program launch date: Fall 2016

The goal of the mentor program is to provide new advisors with structured one-to-one professional partnerships with experienced advisors to offer career guidance, support, and a different perspective.


Faculty Advisor Training

Nuts & Bolts of Faculty Advising Workshop​

Offered during fall quarter

Are you new to faculty advising at Cal Poly and would like some information and support? This two-hour workshop provides an introductory overview of curriculum, advising tools, university policies, the registration process, and the advising structure at Cal Poly.

When: Friday, October 21st from 10:10am – 12:00pm
Where: Location TBD (will be provided in your reminder email)

To register for this workshop, click here


“This was the most useful, informative, and helpful workshop I have experienced thus far, and as a new faculty member, I've been to a lot in the last 6 weeks.”



Advising Struggling Students: Helping Them Overcome Academic or Personal Difficulties

Offered during winter quarter

During this case study-based workshop, faculty advisors will gain an understanding of factors that impact academic performance, learn about and practice a four-step process model for dealing with student concerns, practice relational competencies, and explore available campus resources.

When: TBD
Where: TBD

Available throughout the year upon request

Content can be customized to include any of the topics listed below.  Duration of the training can be customized between 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on content and length desired.

  • Transfer Credit
    • AP/IB, ASSIST, Out of State, International
  • Advising Tools
    • PolyProfile, Degree Progress Report (DPR), PolyPlanner, PASS, Registration System
  • University-Wide Policies
    • Add/Drop and Withdrawal, Grade Change and Repeat, Change of Major, Expected Academic Progress (EAP), Academic Probation/Disqualification (AP/DQ), Leaves of Absence (LOA), University-wide graduation requirements


Advisor Professional Training

Advisor Retreat

The annual retreat focuses on strengthening the advising community through networking, recognition, and setting common goals for the upcoming academic year

Brown Bags

These less formal gatherings focus on specific topical interests for the Cal Poly advising community. Typically hosted by campus members, these gatherings provide a chance for the advising community to share local “best practices” on a variety of topics.

Cal Poly Advisor Conference

Held annually during spring quarter, conference sessions focus on current trends in academic advising and showcase examples of advising excellence at Cal Poly.

Peer Advisor Training

Coming soon

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