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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State University Master Plan Collection,
    Dates: 1959-2002
    Collection Number: CSU 018
    Creator: California State Department of Education. Master Plan Survey Team.
    Extent: 6 boxes 6 linear ft
    Repository: California State University Historical Archives California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
    Abstract: Reports, correspondence, minutes, and other materials relating to the Master Plan for Higher Education in California and its various revisions and updates. Also includes some CSU campus architectural master planning.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], California State University Master Plan Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were transferred by the Chancellor’s Office, California State University and collected by archives staff. It is a growing collection.

    Processing Information

    Processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.


    The California State University System, formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation’s largest university system, with 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. 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). Since 1961 more than 2 million alumni have received a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D) degrees from the university system. It offers more than 1,800 degree programs in some 240-subject areas.
    Today's California State University 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 master plan created along with the Donohue 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.
    Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor of the State of California. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses. 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. Chancellors of the system include Buell Gallagher (1961-1962); Glenn S. Dumke (1962-1982); W. Ann Reynolds (1982-1990); Ellis E. McCune [Acting] (1990-1991); Barry Munitz (1991-1998); Charles B. Reed (1998- ).
    Timeline of studies relating to the California Master Plan taken from "The History of the California Master Plan for Higher Education" a project of the center for studies in higher education.
    • 1932: State Higher Education in California: Report of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Recommendations of the Commission of Seven
    • 1948: A Report of a Survey of the Needs of California in Higher Education
    • 1955: A Restudy of the Needs of California in Higher Education
    • 1957: A Study of the Need for Additional Centers of Public Higher Education in California
    • 1960: A Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960-1975
    • 1960: The Donahoe Education Act
    • 1966: The Master Plan Five Years Later
    • 1972: The California Master Plan for Higher Education in the Seventies and Beyond
    • 1973: Report of the Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education
    • 1986: The Challenge of Change: A Reassessment of the California Community Colleges
    • 1987: The Master Plan Renewed: Unity, Equity, Quality, and Efficiency in California Postsecondary Education
    • 1989: California Faces . . . California's Future: Education for Citizenship in a Multicultural Democracy
    • 1993: Master Plan in Higher Education in Focus, "Draft Report"
    • 2002: The California Master Plan for Education

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, testimony, news clippings, recommendations, issue papers, legislation, staff reports, agendas and minutes. Includes “Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960-1975,” Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education (1972-1973); Master Plan for Higher Education Commission (1985-1986); Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education - Kindergarten through University (2002); and other committees. Includes statements and reports by Glenn Dumke and Lee Kerschner. The 1972-1973 Plan includes reports on Asian-Americans, Chicanos and Public Education and Independent Higher Education in California. Also includes architectural master planning for campuses including Humboldt, CSC Palos Verde/Dominguez Hills, San Jose, and San Francisco State.

    Indexing Terms


    Education -- Latinos
    Education -- Asian-Americans
    Education, higher

    Personal Names

    Kerschner, Lee
    Dumke, Glenn R.

    Corporate Names

    California State University
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Humboldt State University
    San Francisco State University


    Master Plan for Higher Education

    Related Material

    California State University Reports Collection