California State University, Stanislaus serves a diverse student body of more than 10,000 at two locations in the Central Valley a beautiful 228-acre campus in Turlock and the Stockton Campus, located in the city s historic Magnolia District. Widely recognized for its dedicated faculty and high-quality academic programs, the University offers 43 majors, 41 minors and more than 100 areas of concentration, along with 16 master's degree programs, seven credential programs and a doctorate in educational leadership.
The University opened as Stanislaus State College in 1960, with a faculty of 15 and fewer than 800 students, at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The institution moved to its current location in 1965, gained university status and its present name in 1986, and opened its Stockton Campus in 1998.
Stanislaus State is part of the California State University, a 23-campus system across California. With more than 400,000 students, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. CSU campuses emphasize access to quality public higher education and workforce preparation that is responsive to regional needs.
The faculty, staff, administrators, and students of California State University, Stanislaus are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning.
To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interactions and partnerships with our surrounding communities, and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and artistic enrichment of the region.
California State University, Stanislaus strives to become a major center of learning, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence and cultural engagement for California's greater Central Valley and beyond. We will serve our diverse student body, communities and state by creating programs, partnerships and leaders that respond effectively to an evolving and interconnected world.
To achieve our mission and vision:
We inspire all members of the campus community to demand more of self than we do of others to attain new knowledge and challenge assumptions.
We challenge one another to be fully engaged, responsible citizens with the ethics, knowledge, skills, and desire to improve self and community.
We value learning that encompasses lifelong exploration and discovery through intellectual integrity, personal responsibility, global and self-awareness, grounded in individual student-faculty interactions.
We embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as vital components of educational quality.
We are a student-centered community committed to a diverse, caring, inclusive, respectful learning-focused environment that fosters collegial, reflective and open exchange of ideas.
We, as students, create the collegiate experience through initiative, participation, motivation, and continual growth to meet the demands of self and others.
We, as faculty, elicit, nurture, and enhance the different voices of ourselves, students and communities through deliberate engagement, continual discovery and ongoing transformation.
We, as staff and administrators, contribute to an inclusive learning environment by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and values that serve and support the University's mission.
The California state legislature established Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the fifteenth campus of the California State University (CSU) system. Classes commenced in September 1960 in temporary quarters located at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The college moved to its permanent 228-acre site in 1965 following construction of its first major facilities. The Classroom Building housed facilities for art, music, drama, and the sciences in addition to providing classrooms for lectures. The library, a companion project to the Classroom Building, was later named the Vasche Library in memory of the university's founding president, Dr. J. Burton Vasche. In 1985, the college was officially renamed California State University Stanislaus by action of the State Legislature and the Board of Trustees of the California State University.
During its early growth, the college evolved to serve the increasing needs of the Central Valley. A physical education field house was constructed in 1969 to adjoin outdoor athletic facilities. Subsequent construction included the Performing Arts Complex, which provided the first permanent facility for art, music, and drama (1970); the Science Building for undergraduate instruction in the sciences and mathematics (1972); the University Dining Hall (1975); the University Union Building (1978); a Gymnasium (1978); the Aquatic Facility (1979); and the Student Health Center (1981). Over the years, Stanislaus State has developed into a major presence in the region and continues to play a prominent role in the economy of the Central Valley.
Vasche Library II, an addition to the existing library facility, was completed in 1989 and a major addition to the University Union Building was completed in 1992. Residential Life Village, Phase I opened in September 1993, Phase II was completed in September of 1996 and Phase III, together with an adjoining dining facility, was completed in fall 2004. The housing complex currently accommodates a total of 655 student residents.
Demergasso-Bava Hall, completed in 1998, provides instructional space and departmental offices for disciplines in all the colleges. The Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building was completed in February 2002. This important facility consolidates student services and administrative support functions in a one-stop environment. The 12,000 square foot John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center opened in January 2003 and the 320-seat Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall was completed in May 2003.
The Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science, completed in 2007, is a three-story 110,000 square foot building that accommodates 692 FTE in laboratories and classrooms. This facility also contains group study spaces and a state-of-the-art observatory dome on the roof and was awarded LEED Silver status in 2008. The 12,800 square foot University Bookstore opened in October 2008 and a 19-acre Student Recreation Complex, completed in May 2009, provides a 2,300 seat sports stadium and 18,600 GSF fitness center. A major renovation to the Science I Building was completed in 2013 and now houses state of the art nursing laboratories and classrooms.
Just over 1,000 full-time and part-time faculty and staff serve a diverse student body of approximately 9,000 students (7,710 FTES, Fall 2014). The university s primary service area is a 10,000-square-mile region encompassing Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and Calaveras Counties. Stanislaus State is regionally accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has earned 12 specialized accreditations, including the College of Business Administration, College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work, and nursing, art, theater, and music programs. Stanislaus State has an off-campus center at University Park in Stockton.
In March 2009, the Board of Trustees approved the new Campus Master Plan Revision and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report, which had not been reevaluated since 1968. The new master plan envisions the future growth of the campus to serve 12,000 FTE students, while maintaining the quality and character of the campus environment.
Stanislaus State has an off-campus center at University Park in Stockton, with current enrollment of almost 400 students. In 1997, 103 acres of the former Stockton Developmental Center hospital was transferred to the CSU in what would become the Stanislaus State, Stockton Center. In 2000, a joint powers agency was formed between the CSU and the City of Stockton, known as the Stockton Center Site Authority (SCSA), to be responsible for the development, operations, management, and finance of the site. In 2004, SCSA entered into a Master Ground Sublease agreement with Grupe Commercial Company to lease out existing structures not occupied by the CSU with a focus on office, retail, health care, education, and residential uses.
Presently, the campus occupies the Acacia Court facility where academic programs and services are located. The Stockton Center currently offers courses in four colleges leading to baccalaureate, master s degrees, and credentials with additionally programs offered through extended education.
A Reputation Built on Solid Performance
The Princeton Review consistently rates California State University, Stanislaus among the Best Colleges in the nation, a distinction awarded to only 15 percent of colleges and universities throughout the United States. The University is among the Top 100 colleges for bachelor s degrees awarded to Hispanic students, and it is designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized Stanislaus State as one of 12 public universities nationwide that demonstrate exceptional performance in improving retention and graduation rates.
Stanislaus State consistently receives high ratings from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). It is noted for small class sizes and a low percentage of student debt upon graduation.
Stanislaus State received its first full accreditation in 1965 and full re-accreditations in 1999 and 2010 from:
WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
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The following programs are accredited by their specialty organizations:
College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Art - National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Music - National Association of Schools of Music
Public Administration - National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
Theatre - National Association of Schools of Theatre
College of Business Administration
Business Administration - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Intl.
College of Education, Kinesiology & Social Work
Education - California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Social Work - Council on Social Work Education
College of Science
Genetic Counseling - American Board of Genetic Counseling
Nursing - Board of Registered Nursing; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
California State University, Stanislaus is a collegiate community that serves a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and administration. These facets of diversity encompass but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, creed, religion, age, social class, socio-economic status, physical and cognitive differences, political views, and veteran status. The University is intent on engaging with all of its community members in meaningful ways that support the values and strengths that each individual brings to this campus. In building a community inclusive of everyone, more than recognition, tolerance, acceptance, and celebration are required; CSU Stanislaus also strives to teach, incorporate, mediate, and promote issues of diversity that go beyond the surface.
The ways in which the University actively embodies diversity include:
Offering courses that are centered on or incorporate material for our diverse student, faculty, and staff populations, as well as educating us about one another.
Recruiting and hiring administrators, faculty, staff and students to create a diverse campus community through employment practices and faculty/staff development opportunities.
Recruiting and hiring faculty who are passionate about and committed to (l) sharing, as appropriate, course materials reflective of underrepresented histories and cultural issues; (2) participating in discussions related to these matters in the classroom on a regular, rather than occasional, basis; (3) honoring the complex diversity of this region; and/or (4) engaging colleagues and students in teaching and learning that promotes dialogue, critical reflection, and action focused on human dignity and worth.
Encouraging, organizing, funding, and promoting workshops, trainings, clubs, lectures, forums, orientations, and other events that allow our community of students, administrators, staff, and faculty to come together to learn about and support one another and discuss experiences, understandings, and values en masse.
Assembling services, activities, and committees that continually gauge the ways in which diversity is honored and promoted on campus and in neighboring communities.
Offering targeted methods of outreach toward the recruitment, retention, and graduation of a diverse student body.
Understanding that creating an inclusive community is an ongoing project, thus always requiring reassessment.
Through these various strategies, California State University, Stanislaus seeks to do more than merely acknowledge its invaluable members and local constituents. We wish also consistently to demonstrate equity in status, rights, and opportunities through the establishment of purposeful conversations that inspire our students to reach out to each other and beyond. This thread of respect should also resonate through the attitudes of campus administrators, students, staff, and faculty. The University believes this type of environment will continue to attract and to retain a socially-just image of what we represent and who we are.