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Report 93-22: Creating a Campus for the Twenty-First Century w The California State University and Fort Ord

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

October 1993

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Through the decision by the Base Closure Commission and the President of the United States, Fort Ord in Monterey County has been scheduled for virtual closure during Fall 1995. As a result of this decision, the California State University has been presented with a unique opportunity: the ceding of 1,286 acres of land and facilities has been estimated at approximately $1 billion -- an amount that will probably be supplemented by additional funding for upgrading, conversion, and renovation. The Trustees have designated the new institution as California State University, Monterey Bay.

From the outset, the State University has pursued its planning with the idea that the new Monterey Bay campus should take advantage of the latest technologies and management styles, provide a futuristic curriculum, and attract an innovative as well as prestigious faculty.

With those themes in mind, this report discusses the social, economic, and technological environment of the next several decades and how universities may choose -- or be required -- to adapt themselves to it (Part One). Part Two then examines the possibility of implementing the concept of Total Quality Management (TQM) at the institution and opening it as a "charter campus." Because of the Commission's statutory mandate to review proposals for new university campuses, the Commission is inevitably involved in the planning process for the proposed campus, and Part Three provides a status report on that process. Part Four analyzes the Trustees' "Letter of Intent to Expand" that is required under the Commission's review guidelines. Finally, Part Five offers several conclusions about the planned campus and these two recommendations:

  1. The Commission recommends that the California State University move forward with its planning efforts for the creation of California State University, Monterey Bay.
  2. The Commission recommends that a liaison committee consisting of representatives from the State University, the four community colleges in the region (Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Gavilan College, and Cabrillo College), and the Commission be established for the purpose of discussing such issues as lower-division course work at California State University, Monterey Bay.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on October 25, 1993, on recommendation of its Educational Policy and Programs Committee. Additional information about the planned campus may be obtained from Stephen F. Arvizu, Interim Provost, California State University, Monterey Bay, at 915 Hilby Avenue, Suite 28, Seaside, California 93955: telephone (408) 393-3330.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Facilities Review

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