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  1. Humboldt State University
  2. California State University, Chico
  3. Sonoma State University
  4. California State University, Sacramento
  5. California Maritime Academy
  6. San Francisco State University
  7. California State University, Hayward
  8. San Jose State University
  9. California State University, Stanislaus
  10. California State University, Monterey Bay
  11. California State University, Fresno
  12. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  13. California State University, Bakersfield
  14. California State University, Northridge
  15. California State University, Los Angeles
  16. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  17. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  18. California State University, San Bernardino
  19. California State University, Fullerton
  20. California State University, Long Beach
  21. Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach
  22. California State University, San Marcos
  23. San Diego State University
  24. California State University, Channel Islands


The California State University System

CsumapThe individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus—San José State University—was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. California State University, the second oldest campus, was founded in 1889. The most recently opened campus—California State University, Monterey Bay, began admitting students in the fall of 1995. The 23rd campus, CSU Channel Islands, will open in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.

The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents develop systemwide policy, with actual implementation at the campus level taking place through broadly based consultative procedures. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the California State University through a distinguished faculty whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All the campuses require for graduation a basic program of “General Education Requirements” regardless of the type of bachelor’s degree or major field selected by the student.

The CSU offers more than 1,600 bachelors and masters degree programs in some 240 subject areas. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper division and graduate requirements by part-time, late afternoon and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California.

Enrollments in fall 2001 totaled 388,700 students, who were taught by more than 22,225 faculty. The system awards more than half of the bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 percent of the master’s degrees granted in California. Some two million persons have graduated from CSU campuses since 1960.

Please see the complete CSU Campus listing in the chapter “The CSU Campuses, System Policies and Regulations” at the conclusion of the catalog.