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Guide to the Board of Trustees of the California State University Collection
2C-8 - 2C-13  
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The Collection of the Board of Trusteed contains records dating from 1937 -1998. All records pertain to actions, events, and consequences brought about by the CSU Board of Trustees. The collection is divided into 4 series. The records are arranged alphabetically within each series.
In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of the California State College (designated "The California University" on January 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration, and control of the State Colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over separate colleges. The Board of Trustees governs the California State University system by: Developing broad administrative policy for the campus; Providing broad direction and coordination to campus curricular development; Overseeing the efficient management of funds, property facilities, and investments by the system and the campuses; Appointing the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors for the system, and the Presidents for the campuses as chief executives with certain delegated responsibilities; Communicating to the people of California an understanding and appreciation of the current effectiveness and the future needs of the California State University. Under present California Law there are twenty-four voting Trustees. Currently, there are nine standing committees on the Board: Audit; Campus Planning, Buildings, and Grounds; Collective Bargaining; Educational Policy; Finance; Governmental Relations; Institutional Advancement; Organization and Rules; University and Faculty Personnel; The Donahoe Act -which grew out of the recommendations contained in A Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960 -1975 -was added to the California Education Code as Division 16.5. Along with Division 18 of the Code, it defines the composition, appointments, terms, powers, and functions of the Board of Trustees. By operating within the parameters originally determined by the Donahoe Act of 1960, the actions of the State Legislature, and the California Education Code, the CSU Board of Trustees continues to effectively govern the California State University system.
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