Academic Programs Information

Academic Programs and Planning Mission

Our mission is to promote student learning by:

  • Partnering with faculty and staff to develop, deliver and continuously improve Academic Programs.

  • Collaborating with the Academic Senate to develop, implement and review academic policies.

  • Engaging the campus leaders in strategic academic planning.

Office Information and Staff Contacts

Administration Building, Room 315
(Phone) 805.756.2246
(Fax) 805.756.2367

 Office of Academic Programs organizational chart (PDF)

Mary Pedersen

Mary Pedersen, Associate Vice Provost
Academic Programs


Mary Pedersen joined Academic Programs in October 2011 after serving as Department Chair of Food Science and Nutrition, then as Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences.  Mary oversees academic program development, program review,  academic assessment and assists with the development of Cal Poly strategic processes and CSU policy implementation.  She also oversees the university Honors program and the operational aspects of the General Education program.  Mary chairs the Academic Assessment Council and chairs bi-weekly meetings with the associate deans.  In addition, she serves on the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, the Instruction Committee and the General Education Governance Board.

Jessica Carson

Jessica Carson, Adminstrative Analyst


Jessica joined Academic Programs in February of 2008.  She supports Instructionally Related Activities (IRAs), coordinates accreditation issues with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), plans the budget, facilitates personnel actions, and is the contact for student appeals.

Katie Tool

Katie Tool, Administrative Support Coordinator

(805) 756-2228   

Katie joined Academic Programs in November 1997.  She provides operational support for General Education and fields questions regarding GE courses, policies, and procedures. She also provides support to the Associate Vice Provost/Academic Programs on  Degree Programs, University/GE  assessment and implementation of CSU system-wide initiatives. 

Lina Heaster Ekholm

Lina Heaster-Ekholm, Administrative Support Coordinator


Lina joined Academic Programs in January 2013. She provides leadership and support for Program Review, a process that assures the accountability and continuous improvement of Cal Poly’s academic programs and ensures student success. She also provides coordination and support for special project and campus initiatives.


News & Updates

Academic Plan



Program Review