Pavone And Pashion Footwear Go From Dorm Room To Launch

Entrepreneurship alumna Haley Pavone was recently profiled in Forbes and the Financial Times discussing how she took her company Pashion footwear from her dorm room at Cal Poly to the CIE Elevator Pitch Competition to launch this summer. Hit the links above to read more.

Ms Pavone remembered that one of her professors at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business had said that the most profitable products “usually solve some kind of pain.” —

Alumna Tammy Kiely to Co-head Global Technology Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs

Read about College of Business alumna Tammy Kiely and her recent promotion to co-head of global technology investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Then check out a profile of Kiely in the Cal Poly Business Magazine Giving Edition to learn how her education prepared her for success from day one.

“[It’s] more than I have ever seen in the pipeline in my time at the firm, and they all have the opportunity to become partner someday.” —Kiely commenting on how one-third of the Goldman Sach’s managing directors on the internet team are female, while more than two-thirds of the vice presidents are women.

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in the west.

“Each of these rankings on its own is an honor; taken together, they paint a clear picture of how Cal Poly is succeeding in its mission to prepare students to be innovative leaders in their careers and solve real-world problems in a global marketplace,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Our faculty and staff work diligently every day with our amazing students to create our renowned Learn by Doing environment. Their efforts are paying off.”

Cal Poly placed highly in several additional rankings for regional universities, including:

  • First in the West for Most Innovative Schools — institutions making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.
  • Tied for eighth (with Cal Poly Pomona) on the magazine’s list of best undergraduate teaching programs in the West — universities that put a particular focus on teaching undergraduate students, rather than focusing on graduate-level research.
  • Eighth on the list of best master’s/bachelor’s engineering programs in the nation. Among specialty programs, Cal Poly’s computer engineering program was ranked No. 1 in computer engineering; second in mechanical, communications, and aerospace engineering; and third in civil engineering.
  • Sixth in the West for most veteran-friendly universities — a listing that shows which top-ranked schools participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

The U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and measures of academic quality, such as graduation and freshman retention rates.

For more on Cal Poly’s U.S. News ranking, visit:

CIE Innovation Sandbox named an “Example of Excellence”

The Mission and Vemo Education recently collaborated to highlight the best examples of higher education innovation. They sought to celebrate schools that “have quickly adapted” to rapidly changing technology and are “preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

On the list is Cal Poly’s Innovation Sandbox, a shared workspace where students from various disciplines can come together and “play with the latest prototyping/ideation tools, explore new subjects, develop technologies and share knowledge.” It allows students to apply their classroom knowledge in a creative, team-centric setting.

The Innovation Sandbox is part of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which provides students opportunities to conceive, develop and build their own businesses. This includes programs like The Hatchery  and the SLO HotHouse Incubator  to help students get their ideas off the ground, and pitch competitions to help them maintain momentum. Because many of these small businesses revolve around products, technologies and creative exploration the Innovation Sandbox is an essential part of the process. Student entrepreneurs looking for prototypes, testing and more can visualize their big ideas here.

You can read the entire Mission article here and learn more about the Innovation Sandbox here.

Cal Poly Business Administration Degree Ranked No. 8 in the Nation for Annual ROI

Aspiring business majors won’t find a much better value than Cal Poly, according to the Payscale 2018 College ROI Report. The website has Cal Poly business majors at no. 8 in the nation for annual return on investment. This is the second year in a row Payscale has placed a Cal Poly business degree high on its list. It came in at no. 11 in 2017.

With an annual ROI of 11.2%, Cal Poly ranks highest among CSU schools and second highest in the state.

The Payscale report bases its ROI on average out-of-pocket cost, graduation rates and time, average loan indebtedness and “20-year ROI”. Then, it compares the average “investment” to attend a college with the annual return percentage, based on 20-year earning potential.

Orfalea College of Business students consistently thrive in their job searches and career trajectories, largely due to the college’s commitment to career readiness and experiential education. According to the most recent Graduate Status Report, the average starting salary of an Orfalea graduate is $60,000, and 95% of 2017 graduates are employed or in graduate school.

But while Orfalea stands out for its particularly strong return on investment, Cal Poly placed high in the overall rankings as well, ranking no. 14 in the nation for annual ROI.

You can find the complete rankings here.