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State's Postsecondary Education Commission Approves Newest Campus

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California Postsecondary Education Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, California 95814-2938

November 3, 2000 - Sacramento - The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has unanimously approved the establishment of a new California State University campus in Ventura County to be known as the California State University, Channel Islands. The new university will be the 23rd in CSU system and is slated to begin enrolling students in the fall of 2002. The Commission's decision came during a meeting today via teleconference.

Commission Executive Director Warren H. Fox said, "the presence of a new State University campus near the coastal communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara will help accommodate the California's burgeoning college enrollment demand and will no doubt contribute to the economic vitality of that region."

At its peak, the new CSU campus will enroll some 15,000 full-time students. The university will occupy a renovated site at the former Camarillo State Hospital. The new facility is expected to cost some $112 million.

Following the Commission's historic action, Fox wrote the Governor and Legislature that he was "pleased to report that California Postsecondary Education Commission has completed its review of a proposal submitted by the California State University for the establishment of a new campus to be known as California State University, Channel Islands. He reported that the Commission "has found that the proposal meets established review criteria and hereby recommends to the Governor and the Legislature that the State authorize the development of CSU Channel Islands as the 23rd campus of the California State University System."

Fox said that the approval culminates several years of effort by local leaders to have a new CSU campus in the region, and that it is seen as a significant link to the cultural, social, educational, and economic vitality of the region. He said the continuing effort of Senator Jack O'Connell has been important in advancing the planning and development of the Ventura County institution that will serve regional and statewide needs.

To ensure that the campus is positioned to meet the needs of students when it opens, the Commission is directing the campus to submit a timetable for attaining accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) by no later than March 2001. It is also encouraging WASC to expedite its processes so that students attending the new university will be eligible for federal student financial assistance, among other important matters.

The Commission - CPEC - is the State's statewide planning and coordinating agency for higher education. It has responsibility for providing to the Governor and Legislature independent analysis of the costs and benefits of proposed projects and it has played an important role in ensuring that the new campuses throughout the state develop as viable, high quality institutions.

The State's Education Code expresses the intent of the Legislature that the sites for new institutions or branches of public postsecondary education will not be authorized or acquired unless recommended by the Commission.

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