The Cornerstones Report: Choosing our Future

In May 1996, the California State University undertook an unprecedented systemwide planning process known as Cornerstones. The unique characteristics of this effort are the full participation of all constituencies throughout the study and the systemwide scope of the discussions.

Mounting a systemwide planning initiative of the magnitude of Cornerstones was possible primarily because of CSU's tradition of shared governance. A wide range of communication and consultation methods was used as the four drafts of the report evolved through an open and iterative consultation process. The inclusive nature of the Cornerstones project will stand as one of its hallmarks. Not only did it harness the efforts of faculty, administrators, trustees, and students into one collaborative vision; it also provided an opportunity for every member of the CSU community to make his or her contribution to defining the future of the CSU system.

This inclusive process has produced a plan that is a realistic, feasible, and workable guide for the CSU of the 21st century-- a plan made all the more credible because it was developed by many members of the CSU community. Cornerstones articulates the values, priorities, commitments, and expectations of the CSU and advocates important ways the system and its faculty members, staff members, and students can pursue and implement these recommendations.

The Cornerstones task force was composed of the following individuals:

 MEMBER TITLE
 Molly Corbett Broad Former Executive Vice Chancellor, California State University; President, University of North Carolina
 William D. Campbell Trustee, California State University
 Robert L. Caret President, San Jose State University
Hal Charnofsky Executive Committee, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of Sociology, CSU Dominguez Hills
Aristide J. Collins, Jr. Graduate Student, CSU Long Beach; Director of Corporate Relations, CSU Long Beach
 Gene L. Dinielli Executive Committee, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of English, CSU Long Beach
 Thomas Ehrlich Cornerstones Convenor; CSU Distinguished Scholar
 Martha C. Fallgatter Chair, California State University Board of Trustees
 Donald R. Gerth President, CSU Sacramento
 Bernard Goldstein Faculty Trustee, California State University; Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
 Harold Goldwhite Executive Committee, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of Chemistry, CSU Los Angeles
 Gary A. Hammerstrom Executive Committee, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of Business Analysis & Computing Systems, San Francisco State University
 James M. Highsmith Chair, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of Finance and Business Law, CSU Fresno
 Peter S. Hoff Former CSU Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; President, University of Maine
 Charles W. Lindahl Interim CSU Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
 Eric C. Mitchell Student Trustee, California State University; Graduate Student, San Diego State University
 Barry Munitz Former Chancellor, CSU; CEO and President, The J. Paul Getty Trust
 M. Brian Murphy Senior Advisor to the Chancellor
 Jill K. Murphy Assistant Chief of Staff, CSU Office of the Chancellor; Special Assistant to the President, The J. Paul Getty Trust
 Joan Otomo-Corgel Trustee, California State University
 Ralph R. Pesquiera Trustee, California State University
 Norma S. Rees President, CSU Hayward
 Ted J. Saenger Trustee Emeritus, California State University
 Marshelle Thobaben Executive Committee, Academic Senate CSU; Professor of Nursing, Humboldt State University
 Frank Y. Wada Former Student Trustee, California State University
 Stephen L. Weber President, San Diego State University
 Jane V. Wellman Senior Advisor to the Chancellor
 John D. Welty President, CSU Fresno
 Richard P. West CSU Senior Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance
 Blenda J. Wilson President, CSU Northridge
 Beth Wolf Student, Sonoma State University

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