Students return to classes Tuesday, Sept. 12, at California State University, Bakersfield, as the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year gets under way, marking the 30th anniversary of the university's opening.
"This is an important milestone not only for Cal State University, Bakersfield, but also the citizens of Kern County," CSUB President Tomas Arciniega said. "The university has worked hard to meet the higher educational needs of the Southern San Joaquin Valley over the last three decades, and will continue to do so. New buildings on campus - the university's new bookstore, for which construction has just started, the new Business Development Center, for which construction will begin soon, and the engineering building proposed for 2002 - bear testimony to the university's commitment to the community and its educational needs. There's a great demand for higher education, as evidenced by our record growth, and we anticipate that demand will continue to increase in the years to come. We're looking forward to the challenge."
According to Terrence Dunn, director of institutional research and planning, nearly 6,600 students are expected to enroll in the fall quarter, including about 560 first-time freshmen and 750 transfer students, both records. The fall quarter is normally the busiest session of the year.
When the university offered its first classes in October 1970, it was the culmination of a decades-long community effort to bring higher education to Bakersfield and Kern County. The California Coordinating Council for Higher Education in November 1964 recommended establishing a state college at Bakersfield.
Some highlights of CSUB's first 30 years:
The campus continues to grow, with the recent groundbreaking for the new complex that will house the School of Business and Public Administration, Extended University, and the Leadership Development Center.
For more information, call the University Advancement office, 661/664-2136.
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