California State University, Bakersfield

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California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Bakersfield Seal.svg
Former names
California State College, Bakersfield (1965–82)
MottoInspiring Excellence, Transforming Lives[1][2]
TypePublic state university
Established1965
Endowment$23.9 million (2017)[3]
Budget$111.5 million (2018)[4]
PresidentLynnette Zelezny
ProvostVernon B. Harper Jr. (interim)[5]
Academic staff
662 (including Lecturers) [Fall 2017][6]
Administrative staff
526 [Fall 2017][6]
Students10,493 (between both Bakersfield and CSUB, AV campus) (Fall 2018)[7]
Undergraduates9,196 (Fall 2018)[7]
Postgraduates1,297 (Fall 2018)[7]
Location, ,
United States

35°21′00″N 119°06′14″W / 35.350°N 119.104°W / 35.350; -119.104Coordinates: 35°21′00″N 119°06′14″W / 35.350°N 119.104°W / 35.350; -119.104
CampusSuburban, 375 acres (152 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gold[8]
         
AthleticsNCAA Division IWAC
NicknameRoadrunners
AffiliationsCal State System
Websitewww.csub.edu
CSUB Logo 2.svg

California State University, Bakersfield (often abbreviated CSUB or shortened to Cal State Bakersfield or CSU Bakersfield) is a public university located in Bakersfield, California, United States, and was founded in 1965. CSUB opened in 1970 on a 375-acre (152 ha) campus, becoming the 19th school in the 23-campus California State University system. The university offers 45 different Bachelor's degrees and 21 types of Master's degrees. The university offers a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).[9][10]

As of fall 2018, there are currently more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the satellite campus, Antelope Valley Center in Lancaster, California. CSU Bakersfield has more than 50,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. The university is primarily a commuter campus serving the city of Bakersfield. CSU Bakersfield's petroleum geology program is the only one offered by a public university west of the Rockies.[11]

History[edit]

The Walter Stiern Library, CSUB

CSUB owes its founding to the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, which formalized the creation of the CSU system, initially as the "California State Colleges" system. The areas in the southern San Joaquin Valley had been demanding a four-year university since the 1950s. After considering several locations, including nearby Delano and parts of Kings and Tulare County, a steering committee decided on Bakersfield because it was the largest isolated metropolitan area in the United States without a four-year university at that time. Their decision was turned into a bill by Bakersfield's State Senator Walter W. Stiern, ratified by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat Brown.

Under these rules, the school was founded as California State College, Bakersfield in 1965, and it opened for classes in September 1970. In 1982, the California State College system became the California State University system, and the school changed to its present name.

Academics[edit]

Cal State Bakersfield academics are grouped into four schools with the exception of interdisciplinary programs:[12]

  • School of Arts & Humanities (A&H)
  • School of Business and Public Administration (BPA)
  • School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME)
  • School of Social Sciences & Education (SSE)

Together, the four schools offer 45 baccalaureate degrees, 21 masters degrees, and one educational doctorate.

On May 24, 2019, at the 49th annual undergraduate commencement ceremony, CSU Bakersfield awarded 2,312 bachelor's degrees, a 28% year-over-year increase and a record for the University.[13] On May 22, 2019, 462 graduate degrees, including the University's first 12 doctoral degrees, were awarded at the annual hooding ceremony.[14]

Research[edit]

The Office of Grants, Research, and Sponsored Programs (GRASP) provides administrative support for student and faculty research. External grant funding grew from 2014/15 to 2016/17, with active awards increasing from 54 to 70 and total funding increasing from $10M to $14.7M.[15]

Institutions that have been established as part of university research include:[16][17]

  • Business Research and Education Center
  • California Energy Research Center (CERC)
  • California Well Sample Repository
  • Center for Economic Education and Research (CEER)
  • Center for Environmental Studies
  • Kegley Institute of Ethics
  • Political Research Center

Cal State Bakersfield conducts scientific research using advanced facilities and technologies. Facilities include the Materials Science Engineering Lab,[18] Sediment Analysis Lab, Computer Mapping and Simulation Lab, Plant Physiology Lab, and Elemental Composition Lab, Wireless Communications Lab, Robotics Lab, Power Systems Lab, VLSI/Circuits Lab, Cognitive Processes Lab, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, Social Cognition Lab, and more.[19][20] Researchers on campus have access to advanced equipment including scanning electron microscopy, high resolution CAT scanning, and 2D gel electrophoresis.[21]

Active areas of research include synthesizing polymers from renewable resources[22] and geologic CO2 storage.[23]

The California Energy Research Center (CERC) was announced in 2013[24] to foster collaborations between CSUB students, faculty, and the Kern County energy industries.[25] Dr. Alan Fuchs became director of CERC in 2017. The California Energy Research Center will be housed in the 53,000 square-foot Energy and Engineering Innovation Center after its completion in 2023.[24][26]

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[27] 5

USNWR departmental rankings[28]

Social Work 147
  • In 2019, ranked 36th in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report.[29]
  • In 2014, ranked 20th in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[30]
  • In 2014, ranked 39th in the United States by TIME Magazine in a list of the top 100 universities.[31]
  • In 2017, ranked 3rd in the nation for upward mobility by the New York Times.[32]
  • In 2016, ranked 1st for "Best Bang for the Buck" under western region teaching universities by Washington Monthly in 2016.[33]
  • In 2018, ranked 5th for "Master Universities" by Washington Monthly.[34]

Athletics[edit]

CSU Bakersfield is currently an NCAA Division I school. The Roadrunners began the transition process in 2006 and became a full Division I member in July 2010. Following a period as one of a small number of Division I independents, CSU Bakersfield joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013 for most sports.[35] For wrestling, CSUB competes in the Pac-12 conference. CSUB wrestling is the institution's original Division-I sport and has placed 3rd (1996) and 8th (1999) in the NCAA D-I Wrestling Championships.[36][37] The men's and women's basketball teams compete on campus at the Icardo Center.

On June 1, 2006, CSU Bakersfield President, Dr. Horace Mitchell formally announced that CSUB would raise $6 million over a five-year period for the additional costs for the athletics program. Part of the additional costs were to start a baseball program and a women's golf program.[38] In September 2011, CSUB accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference for baseball.

Rudy Carvajal was CSUB's Athletic Director from 1972 until his retirement on December 31, 2010. In 2005, Carvajal received the prestigious CSU Wang Family Award. Under Carvajal's leadership, CSUB has 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998.[39] Nearly 60,000 people attend NCAA sporting events at CSU Bakersfield.[11]

On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach, with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.[40]

On January 8, 2011, Jeff Konya assumed the position of Athletic Director.[41]

Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried was named Director of Athletics on August 20, 2015.

On November 27, 2017, CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell announced that CSUB had accepted an invitation to join the Big West Conference. The Roadrunners will remain a member of the Western Athletic Conference until July 1, 2020, at which point it will begin a full membership in the Big West.

Athletic achievements[edit]

National Division II championships[edit]

  • Men's basketball: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1986–1993, 1998, 2000–2002, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980–1983, 1987
  • Men's soccer: 1997
  • Softball: 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Women's volleyball: 1989
  • Women's tennis: 1977 (AIAW)

Student life[edit]

Admissions[edit]

Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment[42][43][44]

In Fall of 2013, CSUB enrolled its largest freshman class of over 1,300 students.[45]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

CSU Bakersfield has 120 recognized student clubs and organizations (including seven Greek Organizations: Phi Sigma Sigma, Gamma Phi Beta, Nu Phi Chi, Theta Sigma Chi, Kappa Delta Nu, Delta Zeta Tau, and Kappa Sigma) as of spring 2018. Each year, the top juniors, seniors, and graduate students receive membership invitations to join Alpha Chi through the California Iota chapter of the national honor society.[46] The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) is the recognized student government and is known for having an active role on campus. The Bakersfield campus has a Student Union and a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) Recreation Center.[47]

Enrollment and dormitories[edit]

CSUB is predominantly a commuter school, drawing its student body from a mix of recent high school graduates in the local area and working people returning to school or pursuing a degree part-time. While the majority of students live off-campus, the campus dorms can accommodate up to 324 students, or under 5% of the 2002 enrollment figure of 7,700. Space in the dorms has historically been plentiful, with single-occupancy rooms often available and one entire dorm devoted to faculty offices through the mid-1990s. However, space is now impacted and usually fills up quickly. New dorms opened in 2015.[48]

The six buildings comprising the original (West) dorm complex are each named after locations in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel: Rivendell, Rohan, Entwood, Numenor, Dobry, and Lorien. Dorm facilities include a first floor lounge in each building, a dining commons, a swimming pool, a sand volleyball court, a pond, and a parking lot.[49] CSUB has added a new dorm complex called Student Housing East on the northeast end of campus. The original dormitories have been partially repurposed for use as offices.[50]

Tradition[edit]

The CSUB Fight Song and Alma Mater were selected through a structured contest initiated by the student government, Associated Students Inc. (ASI). The winner of the Fight Song Contest was a current music student, Gwendolyn Wilcox, and the winner of the Alma Mater Contest was a CSUB alumnus and current high school music instructor, Bill Ingram.[51]

Notable alumni[edit]

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