field of information technology is one of the best-known
areas of California’s global leadership in innovation.
The broad-based industry covers a significant portion of
the state from Silicon Valley in the Bay Area, to the aerospace-related
manufacturing of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, to telecommunications
equipment manufacturing in San Diego. It is a skills-driven
industry that relies on professional workers with college
As California’s public higher education leader, the California
State University is one of the main drivers in the industry.
The CSU produces 40 percent of the state’s information technology
graduates, including more than half of the state’s general
computer and information sciences graduates. A leading campus
is San José State, which sends more engineering,
computer science and business graduates to the Silicon Valley
than any other college or university.
CSU is actively involved in information technology research,
often in collaboration with industry partners—
San José State conducts research to evaluate multi-agent
system applications for Cisco Systems, Inc. CSU Long Beach
conducts research on computer science and engineering, as
well as on applied physics and human factors in computing.