University in top 20 for upward mobility

By Paula Fuentes

There are many factors that students consider when deciding which college to attend.

Things like distance from home, academic program opportunities and extra curricular activities are on the top of most lists when looking for college options as a high school student or transfer student.

Cal Poly Pomona students should feel proud to be a part of the campus because it has been ranked as one of the top schools in the nation for upward mobility according to College NET, and ninth by The Equality of Opportunity Project.

The idea of upward mobility means that someone is rising from a lower social class or status to a higher one.

For this report, they focused on a climb from the bottom 5% to the top 5% of the income distribution.

“Cal Poly [Pomona] provides a high-quality education at an affordable cost, this combination allows our students to graduate with less college debt. Our polytechnic philosophy prepares students to be critical thinkers and enter the workforce ready to contribute. This combination allows for upward mobility for our students and their families,” shared Vice President for Student Affairs, Lea Jarnagin.

Overall, this is a recognition that deserves much praise and appreciation from both students and the community.

CPP has been recognized as one of the top 20 schools for upward mobility for the past few years.

The consistency speaks volume to the type of education that CPP strives to provide for their students.

There are many different roles that play a part on the school’s success rate for upward mobility, work that continues to be improved in order to provide students with the best education, latest techniques and preparation for real world scenarios.

Therefore, this year’s ranking came as no surprise for the school that continues to dedicate themselves to things like affordability and education.

“CPP has ranked highly ever since this ranking system was developed,” Jarnagin said.

“CPP is among only a handful of schools that have ranked in the top 20 all four years” the survey has been around.

Previous year rankings were: fourth in 2014, twelfth in 2015, fifth in 2016 and sixth in 2017.

The news of CPP’s upward mobility success rate is great for students, and those applying in the near future.

It provides a sense of comfort and reassurance to attend a school that is so focused on their student’s success rate, and that has the numbers to prove it.

The Equality of Opportunity Project attributes the success that CPP has seen to many different factors, such as the diversity on campus and the affordability.

All students are being provided with an exceptional education, and are given the opportunity to take their knowledge, hands-on experience, and degree into their future.

College Net’s and The Social Mobility Index study ranks “4-year U.S. colleges and universities according to how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into promising careers.”

The purpose for this survey is to provide incoming students with tools to make the best decision for their degrees and futures.

“The SMI, helps policymakers, students and their families understand which colleges and universities are addressing the vital issue of improving U.S. economic mobility,” said CEO of College Net Jim Wolfston.

“We hope administrators in high positions so will shift the focus on strengthening U.S economic mobility and restoring the promise of the American Dream.”

One of the ways that CPP exceeds other campuses in providing opportunities for students is at the career fairs.

Many people may not know that the campus career fairs host more employers than any other CSU campus.

Thanks to efforts from the Career Center and administration students are exposed to more opportunities than those at other universities.

With all the hard work that students put into their education and goals, it is clear that the opportunities and tools necessary to achieve them are being properly taught at CPP.

“This type of national recognition adds to the reputation of our campus and helps us draw great students, employers and external supporters for our campus,” Jarnagin said.

Students make their way around campus during University Hour.

Courtesy of The Poly Post Staff

Students make their way around campus during University Hour.

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