California State University Company History Timeline

1857
The oldest campus San Jose State University was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California.
1860
Chico Chico, city, Butte county, northern California, United States Chico lies in the Sacramento River valley, nearly 90 miles 145 km north of Sacramento. It was founded in 1860 by John Bidwell, a state congressman and horticulturist, and developed as an agricultural-processing centre, especially for almonds, rice, and fruit.
1862
The school was taken over by the state in 1862 and moved to San Jose and renamed the California State Normal School it eventually evolved into San Jose State University.
1882
A southern branch of the California State Normal School was created in Los Angeles in 1882.
1887
CSU, Chico has come a long way since its founding in 1887.
1889
Construction began on Chico State Normal School, and the campus opened in 1889 with 90 students and five faculty members.
1891
The first class of teachers graduated in June 1891.
1901
1901 - California Polytechnic School is established at San Luis Obispo.
1924
In 1924 it began granting baccalaureate degrees.
1927
Two years after a fire destroyed the Normal Building in 1927, a new administration building was constructed on the site, later to be renamed Kendall Hall.
1932
In 1932, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was asked by the state legislature and governor to perform a study of California higher education.
1935
In 1935, the State Teachers Colleges were formally upgraded by the state legislature to State Colleges and were expressly authorized to offer a full four-year liberal arts curriculum, culminating in bachelor's degrees, but they remained under the Department of Education.
1938
1938 - California State Polytechnic School establishes a southern campus at San Dimas.
1944
During World War II, a group of local Santa Barbara leaders and business promoters with the acquiescence of college administrators were able to convince the state legislature and governor to transfer Santa Barbara State College to the University of California in 1944.
1946
1946 - Graduate instruction is offered in the form of a fifth year of study leading to the secondary teaching credential.
1949
On September 28, 1949, Los Angeles-Orange County State College began its first day of classes.
1960
California State University was formed in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act, which unified existing state colleges under a central administrative structure.
Six more campuses joined the system after the enactment of the Donohoe Higher Education Act in 1960, bringing the total number to 23.
The book is filled with anecdotes from the system s early founders and its subsequent leaders, faculty, staff and students. It focuses much attention on the California Master Plan, created in 1960 and which delineated the roles of the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges.
1961
Previously, system offices had been in leased space in Inglewood 1961-65 and then in Los Angeles.
1962
1962 - The CSC Foundation is created to promote and assist education, administration and related services of the CSC, the Trustees and the Chancellor.
1963
1963 - The Statewide Academic Senate is established to represent State College faculties.
Solomon Diamond, professor of psychology, selected as one of the first two systemwide awardees to be named 1963-64 Outstanding Professor by the California State College Board of Trustees.
1964
1964 - The first annual five-year Academic Master Plans is designed to project future degree programs developed by each college and approved by the Board of Trustees.
1967
In 1967, California State College, San Bernardino celebrated its first graduating class of 59 students.
1968
1968 - A systemwide computer network is established to connect 19 campuses to a central data center at the Chancellor's Office.
1969
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library completed with addition of the North Wing and was dedicated in 1969.
1971
1971 - The first undergraduate and graduate external degree pilot programs are implemented to serve populations not previously reached.
1972
In 1972, the system became The California State University and Colleges, and all campuses were renamed to insert California State University into their names.
1973
1973 - The Consortium of The California State University and Colleges is established.
1976
In 1976, Assembly Bill 3063 renames California State College, Sonoma to Sonoma State College.
1976 - A Student Trustee position is created on the Board of Trustees and a first member is named to a two-year term.
1976 - Construction is completed and the first permanent headquarters building of the CSU is occupied in Long Beach.
1977
1977 - An Alumni Trustee position is created and a first member is named to a two-year term.
1978
1978 - Trustees authorize the first joint doctoral program between a CSUC campus and a private university, a Ph.D. in education at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate School.
1982
Academic departments and programs, previously grouped by schools, were reorganized into colleges, and, in 1982, the campus was dedicated as an arboretum.
1983
1983 - A Faculty Trustee position is created and the first member is named to a two-year term.
1984
CSUSB began participating in intercollegiate sports, becoming a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA in fall 1984.
Cal State LA has won 398 baseball games since he became head coach in 1984.
1986
Two years later in 1986, the university opened a second campus, the Coachella Valley Center, on land leased from the College of the Desert in Palm Desert.
1988
1988-89 - The 20th campus is created at San Marcos and a founding president is named.
1993
Coyote Radio, the award-winning internet radio station for CSUSB, was introduced in 1993.
1995
1995 - California State University, Monterey Bay, a redevelopment of former military base Fort Ord, admits its first students.
1996
Cal State LA s Mini Baja vehicle car 6 finished first place overall and also captured first place in the endurance challenge at the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International 1996 Mini Baja West competition.
CSU Board of Trustees designated 1996 as the Year of the Alumni and selected Cal State LA alumnus Larry Adamson '74 as the first Alumnus of the Year.
1998
Cal State LA s Mini Baja vehicle car 7 won first place overall at the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International 1998 Mini Baja West competition.
1999
Cal State LA s Mini Baja vehicle car 38 finished first place overall at the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International 1999 Mini Baja West competition, winning first place awards in the endurance and acceleration challenges as well.
The Division of Continuing Education opened the Pasadena Training Center as home to the Center on Child Welfare--established in 1999 by the University s School of Health and Human Services.
2000
2000 - A second Student Trustee position is created.
BalletFest 2000, Southern California s first summer balletfestival, is inaugurated on the Cal State LA campus.
2001
In the summer of 2001, the university began offering a year-round schedule of classes at the same cost as school-year classes.
2002
In 2002, President Karnig created the President s Academic Excellence Scholarships, awarded to San Bernardino County high school seniors who graduate in the top 1 percent of their class.
The newest addition is the Channel Islands campus, which opened for classes as a separate institution in 2002 after having been part of the Northridge campus.
2003
2003 - California State University, Channel Islands begins accepting freshmen at the new campus.
CSUSB also developed the Educational Opportunity Program EOP Renaissance Scholars Program in 2003 to help foster youth from their freshmen to senior years, offering admissions assistance, financial guidance and academic advising.
2004
Cal State LA s technology student team garnered first place in the University Category at the highly regarded WESTEC 2004 Manufacturing Challenge, a creative annual manufacturing competition where college students engineer and manufacture products for judging by manufacturing professionals.
2005
2005 - California State University, Hayward is renamed California State University, East Bay.
2005 - SB 724 authorizes the CSU for the first time to independently offer Doctor of Education Ed.D. degree programs for educational administrators.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Carlos Guti rrez as the 2005 United States Professor of the Year in the Master s University and College category.
2006
Groundbreaking for the future Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory formally named as the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center in 2006 serving the entire Los Angeles community.
2009
With its choccoli creation, Cal State LA s nutritional science team received first place at the 2009 SCIFTS Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section Student Product Development Competition.
2010
2010 - The California State University celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2011
In fact, by 2011, the university's first-to-second year student retention rates reached record levels, as nearly 90 percent of all CSUSB first-time freshmen returned to the university a level that was, at the time, among the three best in the 23-campus California State University system.
Cal State LA s Golden Eagle Pinball Machine won first place in the university division at the 2011 AeroDef Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference Manufacturing Challenge, an exciting hands-on competition to engage future generations in technology and manufacturing.
For the collaborative San Nicolas Island Archaeological Field School Program, Cal State LA and the United States Navy were honored with the 2011 Governor s Historic Preservation Award by the California State Parks and the State Office of Historic Preservation.
2012
In 2012, CSUSB was one of only four United States institutions and 18 in the world designated as Most Innovative Business Colleges by European CEO Magazine.
Upon his arrival in August 2012, the university s endowment stood at roughly 19 million.
The Corporation Yard, which replaces the bungalows constructed 50 years ago, opened for occupancy on March 1, 2012.
2013
2013 - Cal State Online, a systemwide collection of services that support the delivery of fully online programs at campuses, launches its first degree completion program.
Morales was officially invested on June 14, 2013.
In 2013, CSUSB s satellite Palm Desert Campus welcomed its first freshman class.
He was appointed May 22, 2013, and began serving September 1, 2013.
2014
As part of CSUSB s commitment to a multi-cultural approach to ensure the success of all of its students, CSUSB joined TheDream.US in 2014, a national program with the goal of providing college scholarships to more than 2,000 undocumented students around the country.
In 2014, CSUSB partnered with the University of California, Riverside, the K-12 school systems in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, local governments and the business community to apply for a California Governor s Innovation Grant.
2015
The initiative received the maximum 5 million award in 2015, and the Growing Inland Achievement initiative was born, with a goal to create a coordinated cradle to career pathway, linking education and business throughout the two counties for the first time ever.
2016
In September 2016, President Morales launched the public phase of the 50 million Campaign for CSUSB, the largest single fundraising initiative in university history.
CSUSB began expanding its main campus with the groundbreaking of a new student housing and dining complex in 2016.
2017
The campus introduced its cutting-edge Neurofeedback Center in 2017.
2018
By the winter of 2018, the endowment had grown to 40 million.
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Headquarters
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