Academic Institution identifies a particular institution. Because Cal Poly Pomona is one institution, we have only one Academic Institution code ( POCMP ).
Academic Career: grouping of all academic work undertaken by a student at an institution, which the institution groups into a single student record. (Undergraduate, Post-baccalaureate, Extended Education)
Academic Program: students apply for and are admitted to an academic program, usually with the goal completing the program, sometimes a degree.
Academic Plan: is an area of study within an academic program. One plan equates to one major (or minor or credential or certificate). Students may have more than one academic plan. For example, a student may declare a minor or a double major or may be pursuing a teacher credential and a Master’s in Teacher Education at the same time.
Academic Sub-Plan: is an area of further specialization or concentration within an academic plan. At Cal Poly Pomona, these were previously called options. The academic sub-plan is always linked to a specific academic plan.
Undergraduate (UGRD) includes all programs and students prior to the attainment of the first baccalaureate degree. Open University programs and students are also included within this career.
Post-baccalaureate (PBAC) is used after the first baccalaureate degree is obtained. It includes second baccalaureates, masters’ degrees, and teacher credentials, as well as Open University programs and students.
Extended Education (EXED) houses programs run by the College of Extended Education such as Contract Credit coursework.
An academic plan describes an area of study within an academic program. Usually, one plan represents one major, but a plan may also represent an option, minor, credential, or certificate as well. Students may have multiple academic plans. For example, a student may declare a double major or a minor or may pursue a teaching credential and a Master’s degree at the same time.
The first four characters in an academic plan are reserved for the major code (or equivalent). If a major code does not use all four characters, then an underscore (_) is used as a placeholder. For example:
AMM_ is the code for Apparel Merchandising & Management
The eighth character of the plan code is an embedded version of the program code. This differentiates similar plans in various programs and allows you to identify at a glance the program to which the plan belongs.
The last two characters (characters 9 and 10) are reserved for the sub-plan code, if one is required or to identify minors
If the 5 th and 6 th characters are BA, BS, OM or OO then data in characters 9 and 10 represent sub-plans. Not all plans have sub-plans, so very often these two characters are blank. Embedding the sub-plan code within the plan differentiates similar plans within a program. Sub-plans use alpha-characters in the 9 th and 10 th field.
If the 5 th and 6 th characters are NR, this denotes a minor plan. Minors for each department are differentiated with a numeric value in the 9 th and 10 th field of the code. The long description explains the numeric value.
An academic sub-plan represents an area of further specialization or concentration within an academic plan. At Cal Poly Pomona, these were previously called options . The academic sub-plan is always linked to a specific academic plan. See the previous section on Academic Plans for an explanation about how sub-plans are incorporated into plan codes.
Some example sub-plans are:
FR is the code for Fashion Retailing , an option within Apparel Merchandising & Management
GA is the code for General Anthropology , an option within Anthropology
CM is the code for Cultural Resource Management , an option within Anthropology