Mission Statement

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences fosters teaching, scholarship and service in a Learn by Doing environment where students, faculty and staff are partners in discovery.


Vision 2020

The Pathway to the Future: The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Strategic Vision 2015-2020.

Learn more about CAFES Vision 2020 here.


2019-20 Priorities

The college will collectively focus on six goals throughout the 2019-20 academic year to move the college forward in meeting its strategic vision as well as aligning with University and Academic Affairs strategic plans. Each goal is detailed below, and corresponding working plans have been developed for each.

Goal 1

Strengthen our Academic Programs, including General Education, to ensure they are current, distinctive and mission driven.

Dean sponsor: Richard Cavaletto
Leaders: Peter Livingston, Leanne Berning

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Evaluate GE offerings by department
  • Determine which majors/programs will grow over the next three to five years using student demand and job trend data
  • Develop and truth case statement for at least two (2) potential new college majors
  • Establish university-wide Food Safety Minor
  • Pilot the use of Swarm Technology for identifying new and modifying existing major offerings

Goal 1 worksheet: (Excel, PDF)

Goal 2

Enrich the campus culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dean Sponsor: Richard Cavaletto
Leaders: Stephanie Jung, Ann De Lay

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Continue CAFES DEI program established in 2018-19 by planning and executing at least four events throughout the academic year: workshops, high-profile guest speakers, Aspire to Grow conference, etc.
  • Develop and finalize governance for college DEI Committee
  • Communicate more broadly our achievements in DEI
  • Take appropriate action pending results of CPX Survey

Goal 2 worksheet: (Excel, PDF)

Goal 3

Fulfill the goals of the Graduation Initiative 2025

Dean Sponsor: Richard Cavaletto
Leader: Bill Hendricks, Bob Flores

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Pilot interventions in AEPS-351, AGB-313 and ASCI-351 courses to improve student success in course and reduce DFWs
  • Determine strategic direction of CAFES Advising Center and MAP Center; outline path to achieve effective advising for all students with limited resources
  • Increase the number of online courses offered in the college by at least three (3) each year with the goal of removing bottlenecks, increasing access, and improving efficiency
  • Review potential curriculum bottlenecks; develop plan to remove
  • Review and determine opportunities to increase the use of cohort learning for each major
  • Review and expand the use of dashboard data by college and department leaders to analyze the achievement gap and improve student success
  • Partner with Transfer Student Center to support college transfer students in achieving success and improve graduation rates. Identify how CAFES Advising Center and MAP Center can work synergistically with Transfer Student Center

Goal 3 worksheet: (Excel, PDF)

Goal 4

Champion Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Dean Sponsor: Jim Prince
Leaders: Stephanie Jung, Jaymie Noland, Jerusha Greenwood

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Develop system to analyze data for all release/assigned time. Establish guidelines for release/assigned time across college
  • Remodel two labs in Bldg. 52 and one lab in Bldg. 11 for faculty and undergraduate research usage
  • Make progress on establishing WUI FIRE Institute 
  • Develop vision and potential funding paths for Center for Food Safety
  • Complete funding for Boswell Ag Tech Center within the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation
  • Complete funding for the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture
  • Establish vision for Plant Sciences Complex; complete RFQ/RFP processes
  • Refresh vision for Dairy Innovation Institute and secure $500k/year of funding
  • Ensure teaching and research areas are following established University safety procedures
  • Submit at least three faculty nominations for regional and national teaching awards; send at least two faculty to NACTA Annual Meeting
  • Reevaluate the purpose and goals of the Instructional Enhancement Committee

Goal 4 worksheet: (Excel, PDF)

Goal 5

Increase Capacity of data and technology to inform decision-making 

Dean Sponsors: Richard Cavaletto, Jim Prince
Leaders: Scott Steinmaus, Benoit Lecat, Marianne Wolf, Sean Hurley

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Hold training sessions for department heads, staff and faculty to understand how to utilize available data
  • Develop inventory analysis of all products and sales; identify plan to manage going forward
  • Identify and execute a process to assess the value of improvements in student learning, faculty scholarship opportunity, student graduation and employment, and industry satisfaction with Cal Poly and CAFES
  • Utilize existing data (or find) to drive analysis and actions, e.g., curriculum changes or development, budget, etc. 

Goal 5 worksheet: (Excel, PDF)

Goal 6


Dean Sponsors: Andy Thulin, Richard Cavaletto, Jim Prince
Leaders: Bill Hendricks, Jaymie Noland

Sub Goals and Tactics

  • Develop leadership succession plan for associate deans and department heads
  • Meet fundraising target of $20M
  • Launch formal $20M fundraising campaign for Animal Health Center
  • Work with ASI Board Representatives and AFD to move forward student transportation to outlying teaching and research centers 

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