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California State University, Long BeachCalifornia State University, Long Beach

Staff Handbook — 2013

California State University, Long Beach

One of 23 CSU campuses, California State University , Long Beach (CSULB) is located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean in California's seventh largest city and is situated on 320 acres of attractive, park-like landscape. CSULB and its auxiliaries employ more than 8,000 individuals as faculty, staff, and student assistants, making it the city's third largest employer.

The Campus

In this setting, CSULB is more than just a place of learning. It is, in itself, a cultural, recreational, social, and professional resource. Among its many offerings are the University Library, with a collection of over 1.4 million volumes; the University Art Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums; the Carpenter Performing Arts Center; the beautiful and tranquil Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden; the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center; KKJZ-FM, a campus-based jazz and news radio station; the Pyramid, site of many exciting sporting events; and a cable television studio. One hundred six permanent buildings house the various colleges and schools, academic departments and programs, centers, institutes, and clinics.


On January 27, 1949, Governor Earl Warren approved legislation establishing what is now California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Originally known as Los Angeles-Orange County State College, it was the tenth campus to be founded in what is now the California State University (CSU) system. Under the leadership of President P. Victor Peterson, instruction began in September 1949, with a faculty numbering 13, and a student body consisting of 160 juniors and seniors.

In 1950, the City of Long Beach donated a $1-million, 320-acre permanent site for the college, and the name was changed to Long Beach State College. Construction of temporary buildings began on the northern campus in 1951, and these were ready for use by the fall semester of that year.

In 1953 the first freshmen and sophomores were added to the growing number of upper-division students who had preceded them, and ground was broken for the first permanent buildings. Several of these were ready for occupancy by January 1955, and formal dedication ceremonies were held the following May in the Little Theatre.

Enrollment growth after 1955 exceeded 1,000 students a year. Plans for a maximum full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of 5,000 students were revised, and new plans were formulated for a campus which would accommodate 25,000 FTE students. Under the university's second president, Carl McIntosh, enrollment growth continued and accelerated in the 1960s.

In 1964, the name of the institution was changed again to California State College Long Beach. Finally, in June 1972, the Legislature recognized in name what had long existed in fact, and the campus was designated California State University, Long Beach. In recent years, CSULB has become the third largest of the CSU system's 23 campuses in terms of FTE enrollment, with the number of student's now exceeding 35,000.

Mission and Goals

The university's educational mission is to promote intellectual and personal development and to prepare students for life-long learning as well as preparing them to succeed in a variety of professional endeavors and to function as informed, contributing members of the community. To these ends, the mission of the undergraduate curriculum is grounded in a strong general education program, emphasizing the acquisition of writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills and knowledge of cultural and artistic traditions, the analysis of human behavior and society in the past and present, and scientific modes of inquiry. The mission of all degree programs is to provide each student with the skills necessary to pursue knowledge and to integrate information from various sources, and also to provide depth in at least one area of specialization.

A fundamental goal of all of the university's programs is to prepare students to function effectively in a culturally diverse society, by developing an understanding of our diverse heritage, including the essential contributions of women and ethnic minorities. Instruction emphasizes the ethical and social dimensions of all disciplines, as well as their applications to contemporary world issues. Building upon the culturally diverse region it serves and the international character of its faculty, the university emphasizes international education in its curriculum.

Administrative Organization

The university's chief executive officer is the president, assisted by four vice presidents. Each vice president has administrative and staff employees responsible for those programs essential to the support of the university's basic missions.

Please refer to the current CSULB Organizational Chart on our website.