For the past 14 years, Chancellor Charles B. Reed has led the California State University to transform California and maintain its place as a national model of excellence in higher education. Initiatives under his tenure have promoted quality instruction among faculty, increased access for underserved student populations and returning veterans, and established the university’s role as a supplier of a highly-skilled workforce for California’s knowledge-based economy.
- The Board of Trustees approves Cornerstones, a systemwide planning framework that articulates the values, priorities and expectations for a stronger, more successful CSU.
- The CSU establishes the Center for Community Engagement. Since its inception, CCE has participated in service-related activities such as service learning, voter registration drives, community-based research and forums, internships, and community service. More than 1.2 million CSU students have engaged in a range of community service learning activities since 1999. Their contributions form a minimum wage equivalent of more than $1.3 billion.
- CSUMentor, an online system to help students and families plan and apply for college admission, is launched.
- Trustee Stanley T. Wang establishes the Wang Family Excellence Awards to honor outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators with awards of $20,000 each. The awards are launched with a $1 million gift, the largest donation ever given to the CSU by an individual. The awards continue for 10 years, through 2008.
- Tracy Caldwell (Fullerton, B.S. Chemistry, ’93) is selected for the 1998 NASA astronaut training class. As a mission specialist scientist, Caldwell will serve on the International Space Station.
- The CSU's only Native American Studies Program is established at Humboldt State University. The Humboldt State service area has the largest indigenous Indian population of any part of California.
- The CSU launches CalStateTEACH, an innovative alternative teacher education program that uses online curricula to deliver high-quality training to elementary school teachers seeking credentials statewide.
- The CSU Chancellor’s Office moves to current building at 401 Golden Shore in Long Beach.
- The CSU and UC reach partnership agreements on higher education funding with Governor Gray Davis, agreeing to place consistent, long-term focus on priority areas such as teacher preparation, student access, service learning and accountability.
- The nation's first Central American Studies program is established at CSU Northridge. The university has one of the largest groups of Central American students in the country, most of Salvadorian and Guatemalan descent.
- The CSU creates systemwide teacher education evaluation to assess progress toward goals of productivity, excellence and equity in teacher preparation.
- The Strategic Language Initiative is created in the aftermath of 9/11.
- CSU publishes first issue of CSU Leader, a digest of legislative, fiscal, and other news affecting the university.
- CalStateTEACH graduates first class.
- The CSU becomes the first university system in the nation to adopt a comprehensive policy to curb student alcohol abuse.
- CSU Channel Islands, formerly an extension of CSU Northridge, opens for the fall semester with approximately 250 transfer students. The first freshman class arrives the following year.
- First CSU “How to Get to College” poster published.
- The CSU launches the Math and Science Teacher Initiative to address California’s projected need for 33,000 new math and science teachers in 2010. In 2012, a rigorous value-added study demonstrates that urban secondary students who are taught mathematics by CSU-trained teachers learned significantly more than comparable students taught by teachers not prepared by a CSU.
- The CSU and state education leaders create the landmark Early Assessment Program (EAP) to provide opportunities for high school students to measure college-level English and math readiness and prepare to begin college-level study.
- The CSU releases the first systemwide economic impact report, demonstrating the CSU’s direct and indirect contributions to the culture, economy, and workforce of the state. Updated in 2010, the study found that for every $1 the state invests, the CSU generates $5.43 for California's economy.
- The CSU and University of California reach a “compact” agreement on funding for higher education with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- The CSU secures the right to grant the educational doctorate.
- The first Super Sunday events are held at African American churches throughout the state to share information with students, parents and community members about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus, and financial aid.
- The CSU enrolls more than 300 students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
- The Entertainment Industry Initiative, benefitting thousands of media students by offering top-notch programs and faculty, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships with renowned companies, is formed.
- The CSU establishes a partnership with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to educate Hispanic parents of prospective college students.
- The Spellings Commission and USA Today cite the EAP program as a promising national model.
- The Hearst Scholarship Program is established. The William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement is given each year to students that demonstrate financial need, have experienced personal hardships and have attributes of superior merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.
- The CSU commits to Voluntary System of Accountability measures and becomes the first university system to create “public good” accounting for each campus.
- Seven CSU campuses launch independent Ed.D. programs.
- The CSU adopts a long-range strategic plan known as Access to Excellence, a successor to Cornerstones. It becomes the new strategic plan for the university system, anticipating California’s needs in the next decade and indicating how to position the CSU to meet those needs.
- CSU signs an Memorandum of Understanding with University of Maryland University College to accept veterans’ military transcripts and ease their transition to a CSU campus.
- Chancellor Reed wins the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.
- The CSU creates the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST), which integrates systemwide resources and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations to advance knowledge of California’s coastal and marine resources.
- The CSU creates the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) to leverage the university’s academic excellence to address the complex issues about water confronting California today and in the future.
- The CSU’s YouTube channel is created; the chancellor urges students to apply during the regular admissions cycle.
- The CSU launches its first Road to College bus tour, stopping at middle schools and high schools throughout underserved communities in California to educate and encourage students to prepare early for college. The award-winning mobile campaign reached 9,000 students at 46 stops in 28 cities, targeting students in 6th to 10th grade and aiming to improve underserved students' access to the CSU.
- The UC, CSU and California Community Colleges announce a joint intersegmental task force to ease and improve student transfers from community colleges.
- Japanese-American students who were enrolled at the CSU and forced to internment camps during World War II receive honorary degrees at special campus commencement ceremonies.
- The Graduation Initiative and Early Start Initiatives launch, aiming to raise six-year graduation rates and improve degree attainment by underrepresented students.
- Legislature passes a CSU-cosponsored bill to create the transfer AA degree.
- The Kellogg Foundation gives $42 million to Cal Poly Pomona, the largest cash gift in the CSU’s history.
- The CSU celebrates its 50th anniversary.
- The CSU achieves its goal of doubling the number of math and science teachers it produces – going from 750 in 2003 to 1,502 in 2010.
- CalStateTEACH receives full program accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
- CSU Super Sunday events expand to 100 churches and reach more than 100,000 churchgoers.
- Chancellor Reed wins TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence.
- Chancellor Reed announces retirement after more than 14 years as chancellor.