Contributions to Cal Poly’s Accounting Area Support Faculty

In fiscal year 2015, nearly 200 alumni, corporations and foundations gave back to Cal Poly’s Accounting Area through charitable contributions and matched gifts.

So what exactly did your contributions support?

In 2015, the Orfalea College of Business supported several outstanding faculty members with critical fellowships. Fellowships are also key in hiring new top-tier educators to led core courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs as long-time faculty retire. This year, these funds enabled faculty members to travel to national academic conferences to represent Cal Poly and engage in technical training.

Fellowships are the most essential tool for attracting and retaining excellent faculty — those whose expertise makes a direct impact on each Cal Poly accounting student today. Having enough industry-leading instructors ensures class sizes stay small and students can develop one-on-one relationships with faculty that last long after graduation. These faculty also develop new curriculum, including courses on Excel, and weave Learn by Doing into each experience to build confidence in students.

Contributions also backed dozens of student scholarships awarded to outstanding students concentrating in accounting. In 2015, the Orfalea College of Business awarded 40 scholarships to juniors about to embark upon internships during their senior year. Scholarships are sponsored by public accounting firms, major corporations and the Central coast Chapter of CalCPA. The area is currently working to raise funds for underclassmen and graduate program students to encourage these future professionals to pursue a career in accounting.

Thanks to your generosity, the Accounting Area continues to compete with larger universities to ensure the best educators and students remain part of the Cal Poly community. Many of your donations were doubled by gift matching programs offered through major employers. From individual donations to support from public accounting firms, each contribution added up to make a substantial impact on the longevity of our program.

To give back to the program and support the education of the next generation of accountants, visit Cal Poly’s secure giving website.