Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does self support work?
  • How long does the approval process take?
  • How will I be paid?
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How does self support work?

Cal Poly Extended Education is a self-support entity at Cal Poly and does not receive any state funding; therefore all costs must be recovered from course fees. Costs will include some or all of the following: instructor salaries, instructional supplies, facility and equipment rental, travel and per diem, administrative overhead, etc. We ask that a thorough estimate of expenses associated with running the program accompany your Course/Program Proposal. A program coordinator will review all expenditures and prepare a budget to ensure the program's success.

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How long does the approval process take?

A program coordinator will contact you within 15 business days of receiving the proposal. The review process varies in length, depending on the type of course or program. A course being proposed for academic credit requires an academic review process and approval before it can be offered.

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How will I be paid?

For Special Session Credit-Bearing Courses, instructors are paid in accordance with the California State University Salary Schedule. Pay from this schedule is based on:

  • The number of students on the final roster
  • The number of units for the class
  • The rank of the person who teaches the course (teachers who are not faculty members at Cal Poly are paid at the rank of “instructor” unless otherwise agreed)
Instructor pay for all other courses will be negotiated based on program needs, the budget, and the market with CSU salary schedule classification Extension- NON CREDIT.

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