Records of the Library Affairs Office at the CSU Chancellor's Office, the Council of Library Directors and other library related
The California State University System was formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation's
largest university system, with 23 campuses. The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California
(the others are the University of California and the California Community College System). The System is the direct descendant
of the California State Normal School (now, San Jose State University) established by the California Legislature on May 2,
1862. By 1895 there were four State Normal schools. In 1921, the schools were re-named the State Teacher's Schools. In 1935
the colleges were re-named the California State Colleges and were run by the State Department of Education. With the creation
of the California Master Plan for Higher Education along with the Donahoe Act, the California State Colleges were placed under
control of the CSC Board of Trustees. In 1972 the system was renamed the California State Colleges and Universities. The term
"Colleges" was dropped in 1982.
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