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Berkeley Public Policy Press: The People’s University: A History of the CSU

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This announcement comes to us from Ethan Rarick, Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley.

A New History of the California State University System

book cover imageThe Berkeley Public Policy Press has just published The People’s University: A History of the California State University, by Donald R. Gerth, former president of the CSU campuses in Dominguez Hills and Sacramento. The first comprehensive history of the CSU system, The People’s University chronicles the growth of the CSU system from a single institution in San Francisco in the years after the Gold Rush to today’s 23-campus system enrolling more than 450,000 students. The People’s University addresses the many facets of a set of comprehensive universities, institutions that share an overarching mission and yet vary widely in the programs offered, from the technological emphases of two polytechnic campuses to agricultural programs at a campus in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, to a campus in the state capital with first-rate public policy and government programs.

More information, including how to order, is here and here.


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