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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 Workshop Series

The three-part faculty advisor training series introduces advising core competencies to Cal Poly faculty members who serve in an undergraduate student-advising capacity.

FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising

Are you new to faculty advising at Cal Poly and would like some information and support? Have you been advising for a while, and want a refresher? The "Nuts & Bolts of Faculty Advising" workshop provides an overview of university policies, curriculum advising tools, the registration process, and the advising structure at Cal Poly.

When: This workshop is typically offered in fall, winter, and spring quarter; dates are advertised in the Cal Poly Report and CTLT Newsletter.

FA102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit

Now that you’ve got the nuts and bolts basics, it’s time to stock your advising toolkit. Effective advising is more than just checking off boxes; the “Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit” workshop provides an introduction to the impact of advising on student retention and graduation, developmental advising pedagogy, and various campus resources.

Prior completion of FA 101 is recommended.

When: This workshop is typically offered in winter, and spring quarter; dates are advertised in the Cal Poly Report and CTLT Newsletter.

FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising

It’s time to put your advising toolkit to use! In the “Building Student Success through Faculty Advising” workshop, faculty advisors collaborate on complex case studies to address student challenges; this training also lays the foundation for applying student development theory to advising.

Prior completion of FA 102 is strongly recommended.

When: This workshop is typically offered in spring quarter; dates are advertised in the Cal Poly Report and CTLT Newsletter.

Culminating Result

Upon successful completion of the entire Faculty Advisor Training Workshop Series (FA 101, 102, and 103), faculty advisors will receive the following:

  • Letter of recognition sent from the Assistant Vice Provost of University Advising to the faculty member’s Department Chair/Head, Associate Dean, and Dean

  • Invitation to the annual advisor appreciation breakfast with campus partners (Academic Advisors, Career Counselors, etc.)

  • Eligible to participate in Level 2 Advisor Training that dives deeper into advising-related theories and approaches

  • Eligible to apply for a travel grant through University Advising to attend a Region 9 NACADA conference (regional attendee and presenter scholarship applications available through NACADA)


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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