The Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) provides leadership and support to Cal Poly faculty and students in their pursuit of excellence in graduate education and in their research and creative efforts. The Office proactively strives to foster an environment in which the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students are encouraged and rewarded and in which high quality graduate programs emerge, thrive and evolve.
RGP identifies and creates opportunities for financial support of these activities; advocates for Cal Poly's graduate programs and research activities both on campus and at the local, state and national levels; and promotes the reputation of Cal Poly's graduate programs, research and scholarship locally, nationally and internationally. To achieve these ends the Office of Research and Graduate Programs, and its constituent Grants Development Office, collaborate with students, faculty, staff and administrators in programs, departments, colleges and administrative units of the University, with the Cal Poly Corporation, and with various private and governmental organizations.
We envision a University in which all faculty have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to engage in one of the four scholarships defined by Ernest Boyer, and affirmed in the Cal Poly Strategic Plan.
We envision a University in which high quality graduate education is an integral part of our mission and identity and a source of pride among faculty, students and alumni.
The Office of Research and Graduate Programs values and is committed to fostering:
- life-long learning
- creativity and innovation
- excellence in education and scholarship
- collegiality and inclusiveness
- educational equity