California State University

Public university system in California, United States

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California State University
Seal of the California State University.svg
MottoVox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
"Voice Truth Life" (Speak the truth as a way of life.)
TypePublic university system
Established1857
Endowment$1.82 billion, as of June 30, 2019.[1]
Budget$5.77 billion (2017)[2]
ChancellorTimothy P. White
Academic staff
24,405[3]
Administrative staff
23,012[3]
Students481,929 (Fall 2019)[4]
Undergraduates430,166 (Fall 2019)[4]
Postgraduates51,763 (Fall 2019)[4]
Location, ,
United States
Campus23 campuses
ColorsRed & White    
AffiliationsState of California
Websitewww.calstate.edu
California State University logo.svg

The California State University (Cal State or CSU) is a public university system in California. With 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 484,300 students with 26,858 faculty and 25,305 staff,[5] CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States.[6] It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, with the other two being the University of California system and the California Community Colleges. The CSU System is incorporated as The Trustees of the California State University. The California State University system headquarters are in Long Beach, California.[7]

The California State University was created in 1960 under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, and it is a direct descendant of the system of California State Normal Schools.[8] With nearly 100,000 graduates annually, the CSU is the country's greatest producer of bachelor's degrees.[8] The university system collectively sustains more than 150,000 jobs within the state, and its related expenditures reach more than $17 billion annually.[8]

In the 2011–12 academic year, CSU awarded 52 percent of newly issued California teaching credentials, 47 percent of the state's engineering degrees, 28 percent of the state's information technology bachelor's degrees, and it had more graduates in business (50 percent), agriculture (72 percent), communication studies, health (53 percent), education, and public administration (52 percent) than all other universities and colleges in California combined.[9] Altogether, about half of the bachelor's degrees, one-third of the master's degrees, and nearly two percent of the doctoral degrees awarded annually in California are from the CSU.[10]

Furthermore, the CSU system is one of the top U.S. producers of graduates who move on to earn their Ph.D. degrees in a related field.[11] The CSU has a total of 17 AACSB accredited graduate business schools which is over twice as many as any other collegiate system.[12] Since 1961, nearly three million alumni have received their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees from the CSU system. CSU offers more than 1,800 degree programs in some 240 subject areas.[13] In fall of 2015, 9,282 (or 39 percent) of CSU's 24,405 faculty were tenured or on the tenure track.[14]

  1. ^ "Donor Support 2018–19 - Overview". California State University Office of the Chancellor.
  2. ^ As planned for 20171-8 "2017-18 Support Budget" (PDF). The California State University. p. 9.
  3. ^ a b "CSU Facts 2015". The California State University.
  4. ^ a b c "Fall Term Student Enrollment". The California State University Institutional Research and Analyses. Archived from the original on December 2, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "The CSU 2018 Factbook" (PDF). The California State University. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "CSU Facts 2017" (PDF). The California State University.
  7. ^ Home Page. California State University. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c "CSU Media Center" (PDF). Calstate.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  9. ^ Systemwide Information | Measuring the Value of a CSU Education | CSU. Calstate.edu. Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  10. ^ "Working for California: The Impact of the California State University System" (PDF). Office of the Chancellor. May 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  11. ^ The Colleges Where PhD's Get Their Start. The College Solution. Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  12. ^ "Accredited Institutions". AACSB. AACSB. Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  13. ^ Graduation Facts | 100,000 Graduates Strong Archived June 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Blogs.calstate.edu. Retrieved on 2013-07-15.
  14. ^ "Faculty and Staff Demographics | 2015 Facts About the CSU | PA | CSU". Calstate.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-21.

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