Timeline & Milestones

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ground is broken on the site of an old poultry farm

In February, ground is broken on the site of an old poultry farm, and construction begins on the permanent campus of California State University San Marcos. Later in the year, CSU San Marcos admits its first 448 students, all juniors and seniors.


Barry Munitz assumes the chancellorship. He introduced corporate management practices to the CSU, including implementing performance-based salary increases for faculty, evaluating campus presidents on their private sector fundraising ability and mandating a common financial and data management system for the CSU campuses.


Blenda J. Wilson becomes the third president of CSU Northridge. She is the first African-American
woman in the U.S. to preside over a university with 30,000 or more students.


Maritime Academy joins the CSU system Fullerton's baseball team wins its third NCAA National Championship Monterey Bay opens on the former site of Fort Ord

California State University Maritime Academy joins the CSU system. Located in Vallejo, Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the U.S. and the only one on the West Coast.


CSU Fullerton's baseball team wins its third NCAA National Championship, beating USC 11-5 in the College World Series. The team is honored by President Bill Clinton at the White House.

CSU Monterey Bay opens on the former site of Fort Ord, a decommissioned army base. The transformation of the 77-year-old military outpost into a full-fledged university took only 13 months. Students found themselves moving into their new homes while the paint was still drying.


The CSU requires high school graduates to take college prep classes for admission. Requirements now include four years of English; three years, math; two years, laboratory science; two years, social science; two years, foreign language; one year, visual or performing arts; and three years, electives.


The Board of Trustees unanimously supports the Cornerstones Report, a systemwide planning framework that articulates the values, priorities and expectations for a stronger, more successful CSU.

Tracy Caldwell

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.

Charles B. Reed assumes the chancellorship of the CSU. During his chancellorship, Reed has demonstrated his passion and commitment to serving the needs of all students and significantly improving access to underrepresented students. He is an ardent supporter of the CSU and champions higher education in California and throughout the country.

Charles B. Reed



CalStateTEACH, the California State University's alternative teacher education program, begins. Aimed at elementary school teachers seeking credentials, the program uses Internet, video and print materials to deliver high-quality education to teachers wherever they live in California.