California State University, Monterey Bay
|California State University, Monterey Bay|
|Endowment||$14.0 million (2012)|
|President||Eduardo M. Ochoa|
|Students||5,609 (Fall 2012) |
|Undergraduates||4,795 (Fall 2011)|
|Postgraduates||387 (Fall 2011)|
|Location||Marina and Seaside, California, United States|
|Campus||1,350 acres (5% of the former Fort Ord)|
California State University systemWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a small public university in the California State University system on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord, on the Central Coast of California. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
CSUMB was founded in 1994 with a student enrollment of 654 students. The founding president was Peter Plympton Smith, PhD. It was the 21st campus in the California State University System and took as its slogan "The 21st campus for the 21st century". The university offers 62 different bachelor's degrees, 6 master's degrees, and 6 teaching credentials. It does not confer any doctoral degrees.
As of spring 2013, the university has about 6,000 students and 150 full-time faculty members. The university operates on the semester system. The institution seeks to distinguish itself through "outcomes-based education," with undergraduates required to conduct a capstone research project, and compile a portfolio demonstrating competency in their concentration, with a faculty member as advisor. In 2006, Dianne F. Harrison, PhD, was selected from three candidates to be the new president of the university.
Faculty and student demographics
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Faculty demographics reflect those of the CSU system overall. Of 343 faculty members, 150 were employed full-time and 123 were tenured or tenure-tracked. Forty-five percent held doctorate degrees. Those with doctorate degrees were more likely to be employed full-time and tenured. The faculty includes an American Book Award winner, six Fulbright scholars, and numerous other grant and award winners.
The student body is made up of 61% females and 39% males. As of fall 2012, 39% of students enrolled were less than 21 years of age, 44% between 21 and 24, 12% between 25 and 30, 6% over the age of 31. The most common majors were business administration (14%), psychology (11%), biology (10%), kinesiology (9%), Human communication (7%) and liberal studies (7%). A little more than a third (35%) of students came from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties (all California counties) while 62% came from other parts of California, 2% from other U.S. states and 1% from outside the U.S. Over a third (36%) of students were low-income and over half (52%) were first generation college students. Students are distributed across class levels; 24% being freshmen, 12% sophomores, 25% juniors and 32% seniors as CSU Monterey Bay serves a large proportion of transfer students. Graduate students make up 4%, and 3% were seeking credentials.
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Most of CSUMB's degree programs integrate several traditional fields of study to provide a wide range of knowledge that employers really value. Many programs also incorporate concentrations that allow focused studies in specific areas. The names of the majors can be found at http://academics.csumb.edu.
CSUMB requires students to take three semesters of a foreign language. The goal is that all graduates can "communicate with culturally appropriate manners at an intermediate level" in a language other than English. Further, students must demonstrate a basic knowledge of cultural products, practices and perspectives of the target culture. The most common languages of study for students are Spanish and ASL.
Transfer students require only two semesters of language study. Transfer students entering into (and graduating from) biology, business administration, computer science and information technology, environmental sciences, technology and policy, liberal studies, marine science, mathematics majors who are either Area A-E complete, or who transfer into CSUMB with 60 or more units are exempted from the language requirement. http://catalog.csumb.edu/undergrad-education/language-proficiency-requirement
Students are given the option of taking an assessment in a foreign language of their choice. If the student shows adequate fluency in that language, they are exempt from the requirement. http://catalog.csumb.edu/undergrad-education/language-proficiency-requirement
Upper division students are required to complete two courses in service learning (SL). These courses consist of 30 hours of community service at a specific non-profit organization in the surrounding community and a series of written assignments about the student's involvement. Some of the organizations associated with the Service Learning Institute at CSUMB include the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the Museum of Monterey, and the Special Olympics.
The Service Learning Institute's stated goal is to help students become "Multicultural Community Builders: students who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work effectively in a diverse society to create more just and equitable workplaces,communities and social institutions." Service learning is a component of CSUMB's academic program and is integrated into both the university's general education requirements and the graduation requirements of each major.
CSUMB is the only university to have received the White House Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll President's Award twice.
The university has recently reached a Cooperative Agreement with NASA Ames for remote sensing, ecosystems modeling, and geospatial for earth systems science and health. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay team leads the earth science community in ecological forecasting. The university was recently awarded its first major research grant in cooporation with NASA. CSUMB researchers work in 10 areas, including coral reef monitoring, land use, carbon modeling and disease transmission
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) is a cross-campus center that trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research where students work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB and at regional research institutions.  UROC was established in 2009, and since then it has earned a national reputation for excellence, achievement and leadership. Recently, four UROC participants received National Science Foundation fellowships 
Roughly two thirds of CSUMB students live on campus. Residence halls, suites and apartments are located within walking distance to all campus facilities. East campus housing that receives shuttle access to and from campus offers additional apartment life two miles away for students and families.
Students can walk or take the campus shuttle to classes and activities. The MST bus service, free to all CSUMB students in Monterey County, comes to the campus and housing communities as well. Students also enjoy going into downtown Monterey, which is a popular tourist destination, being home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Additionally, students enjoy nearby Santa Cruz, with such attractions as the Boardwalk, the Mystery Spot, and downtown Santa Cruz. Other popular spots near CSUMB are Carmel-by-the-Sea, the 17-mile scenic drive, world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Resort, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Child care services
CSUMB, through the Division of Student Affairs, offered child care services on campus from 1999–2006, the center was closed due to an unanticipated shortage of staff for the 2006-2007 school year. In 2009 the center reopened and began to serve children from 1 to 5 years-old once again. The year-round center's mission is to serve the CSUMB community as well as low income families in the area.
Clubs are a popular activity at CSUMB. Some popular clubs and the Inter-Club Council are the Black Student United, Disc Golf Club, Accounting Club, Dance Club, Anime Club, Bass Club, Out and About, NORML, M.E.Ch.A, EMPOWER, Rotaract, Otter Christian Fellowship, and the Business Club. The Associated Students (Student Government) at CSUMB offers a variety of committees and organizations for students to take part in. Some current groups are the Academic Committee, Diversity Council, Environmental Committee, Lobby Corps, Public Relations Committee and the Technology Committee. The Residential Housing Association (RHA) serves as the government of housing for students on campus. RHA has a total of six executive board members: President, Vice President/National Communications Chair, Vice President of Communication, Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Programming Chair. Each board member has a council under them residing in a different area on campus. These councils serve to make sure RHA has direct involvement and reports for how to better residential areas of the campus.
Campus dining services
Sodexo, the university's food service provider, offers the campus community with five dining locations on campus: Dining Commons, Otter Express, Otter Bay Restaurant, Library Cafe brewing Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Starbucks in the Student Center. The Library Cafe is located inside the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library. True to living on the Central Coast, dining at CSUMB is community experience centered on culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility.
CSUMB athletes and sports teams are known as the Otters. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, the Otters are also members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Otters field fourteen sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include cross country and soccer. Fall sports for women include cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The winter sport for men is basketball. The winter sport for women is basketball. Spring sports for men include baseball and golf. Spring sports for women include golf, softball, and water polo. CSUMB also has a coed sailing team which competes in the fall and spring (although the spring season is more important).
The Otter Sports Center is the home to the CSUMB Otters Men's and Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball teams. The Sports Center is affectionately known as "The Kelp Bed" referencing the floating home of the Sea Otter.
CSUMB's baseball program, which was started by a dedicated group of Otter Pioneers, began with the start of the 2006 Baseball season. The team was first coached by former minor league player and local born Rich Aldrete. The team is now coached by Walt White.
Programs at CSUMB are interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary. In the arts, students can major in Music and Performing Arts (MPA), Teledramatic Arts and Technology (TAT), and Visual and Public Arts (VPA).
The World Theater is a performing arts venue that presents campus events such as guest lectures and screenings, student capstones (thesis projects) and Capstone Festivals. They present a professional performing arts season of performance, music and dance.
The Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department offers cross-disciplinary study and practice of media and live performance. The program integrates the traditional disciplines of theatre, cinema, radio, broadcast, film and new media.
The Visual & Public Arts Department displays their original artwork throughout the campus with public installations and murals that paint the campus. Stephanie Johnson, Associate Professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, was appointed a 2012 Fellow for the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco. As a Fellow she will “provide leadership in developing community think tanks and training programs”. With her doctoral studies in leadership, policy, and the public sphere, Stephanie will carry her seeds of courage, wisdom, and experience in diverse communities to the Wildflower Institute.
Music & Performing Arts Department offers choirs and activities to enrich the culture of CSUMB. They include a Gospel Choir, a Chorale and many music performers and lecturers. It also now offers theatrical classes, transferred from the TAT major it originated from. The Music and Performing Arts major offers a concentration in Recording and Technology and houses one of the area's best recording studios.
Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library
The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library opened in December 2008 after breaking ground in October 2006. The three-story building, with views of both Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley from the upper floors, replaced a one-story library that, like so many other buildings upon the opening of CSUMB in 1994, had been reworked from preexisting buildings at Fort Ord.
Inside the library are 136,151 square feet (12,648.8 m2) of floor space, with a towering central atrium drawing natural light deep into the building interior. Located at Divarty and 5th Street, and diagonally across from the Chapman Science Center, the library was the first entirely new building constructed at CSUMB. A cyclical one-way roundabout sits between the library and the science building.
Aside from being the largest building to exist on the CSUMB campus, it is the greenest in terms of energy usage. Up to 30% less electricity is needed, for example, because of floor to ceiling glass walls that let in natural light. Additionally, ventilation techniques operate through the floor instead of the ceiling, allowing cooler air to travel a lesser distance. The light let in from the atrium is indirect rather than direct sunlight.
In March 2008, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, headed by Clint Eastwood, donated $620,000 to the university, with $500,000 of the grant for the new library. The largest donation, $4 million of the $69 million total cost, came from the Tanimura and Antle families from the Salinas valley. Accordingly, the library was named after them.
From December 1–5 of 2008, CSUMB held the library's Grand Opening Week, with the Campus Opening Ceremony on December 3, and the Public Dedication Ceremony on December 5.
CSUMB is one of the few universities gold STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The Princeton Review has also recognized CSUMB as one of the most eco-friendly colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The university's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030, with an solar array, installed in 2010, currently meeting 16 percent of the university's needs.  All degrees offered at CSUMB have a service learning outcomes that address sustainability directly.  Past senior capstone projects have included biodiesel, wind energy, fog collection and LEED certification. The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library is certified LEED Silver in 2008 and has been cited for a range of sustainable design strategies from daylighting and low-energy use to healthy carpets, water conservation, and high-recycled content materials.  Additionally, the university's dining commons were awarded LEED Silver certification in 2001.  The dining commons were designed to include a sustainable site, water efficiency reduction, commissioning, building and materials reuse, indoor environmental quality, and innovation of design. 
The Black Box Cabaret (BBC) has been the home of student expression since the birth of CSUMB. It opened in 1996, when business students (Jeff Allums, Kirat Shah, Mark Rubino from the student organization BO$$), faculty and staff took a military building, originally put up temporarily, and created the BBC, a place for students and the community to express themselves.
In 2000, the BBC was shut down when it failed to comply with ADA regulations. With no plans to re-open the BBC, the students took it upon themselves and shouted "Our Box! Our choice!" 350 students and community members marched, chanted and rallied to save the building.
Students approved a $40 per year student fee (with a 5% increase every 5 years) to fund the BBC's $1,066,146 renovation, ensuring the Box would re-open. Summer 2001 saw the beginning of renovation and February 2002 saw the re-opening of the Black Box Cabaret. In Fall 2009, the Box's renovation debts will be paid off, and be under the full control of the Otter Student Union via CSUMB's Associated Students. In the 2009–2010 academic year the BBC was closed again. Events are still hosted there, but it is no longer a place to dine.
Since its original opening, the BBC has showcased student visual, theatrical and musical art. It offers food, drink and alcohol. One semesterly event that is always hosted at the BBC is called "TAPS" (Teledramatic Arts Presentation Showcase), in which students watch submitted short films made throughout the semester.
Interestingly, the Black Box Cabaret was the site of the first known public performance by the experimental rap group [Aaron and Tupac], and the last known public performance by Japanese Rock Group Guitar Wolf before their original bassist Bass Wolf died in 2005. It was also the only known venue for a live performance by the Mongolian-Congolese jam band 'The Thesaurus'.
CSUMB presidential history
|Name||Commenced term||Ended term|
|1.||Dr. Peter Plympton Smith||1994||2005|
|2.||Diane Cordero de Noriega (Interim)||2005||2006|
|3.||Dianne F. Harrison||2006||2012|
|4.||Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa||2012||N/A|
- CSUMB Factbook
- "New President according to CSUMB newsletter". Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "California State University, Monterey Bay Fact Book 2011-2012". http://iar.csumb.edu/sites/default/files/47/attachments/files/factbook_1112_2114_new_2.pdf.
- CSUMB Enrollment Fastfacts