State University, Bakersfield
Opened to students in 1970, California State University,
Bakersfield has matured into a highly regarded institution offering bachelorís
degrees in 28 disciplines and masterís degrees in 14 subject areas. The
University has more than 5,700 students, 64% of whom are female. Whites
comprise the largest segment of the CSUB student body at about 56%, followed
by Hispanics at 27.2%, Asian-American/Pacific Islanders, 8.1%, African-Americans,
6.7% and Native Americans, 2%. A beautiful campus encompassing 375 acres,
the University and its excellent faculty provide students with quality
programs that are not only responsive to the needs of the region, but which
are preparing graduates for success in the 21st century. Some interesting
facts about California State University, Bakersfield include:
CSU Bakersfield students are accepted at an impressive
rate into the best graduate school programs in the country, including top
medical and law schools, as well as first-rate doctoral programs.
Chemistry Professor Roy Lafever and student Karlo
Lopez have isolated a plant compound that could lead to significant benefits
in medicine and agriculture. As a result of this research, Dr. Lafever
received a National Science Foundation grant to continue his work. The
project was also the winner at the 1998 Central California Research Symposium.
History Professor Jerry Stanleyís childrenís books about
historical events have not only received numerous national honors and awards,
but one of his books, Children of the Dustbowl, has been optioned
for a movie starring Kevin Costner.
CSUB is well know for being a student-centered institution
with an Honors Program offering academic enrichment and support for high
achieving students, as well as special tutoring to assist students who
need special help. In addition, students cite small classes and professor
accessibility and attentiveness as a primary reason for choosing CSUB.
CSUB hosts the internationally acclaimed annual Bakersfield
Business Conference which brings together former presidents and former
world leaders along with top journalists, newsmakers and entertainers to
discuss politics, business and international affairs.
Athletics is also a big part of the CSUB experience,
with the university having won 26 NCAA national championships in a variety
of sports over the last 24 years.
Fortune 500 companies regularly hire Professor MohsenAttaran
as a consultant on important business issues and key corporate decisions.
CSUB created the nationally recognized 60-Plus Club
which uses the skills and talents of retirees to assist the university
in a variety of areas.
English Professor Michael Flachmann was named Carnegie
Foundation United States Professor of the Year in 1995 and the CSU systemwide
Trusteesí Outstanding Professor in 1993. Philosophy Professor Jacqueline
Kegley received the same CSU systemwide honor in 1989.
Retired CSUB biology Professor Duane Blume has assembled
five American scientists who are pooling their efforts to find a vaccine
for valley fever. They are working under a $1.5 million California HealthCare
Foundation grant administered by the Center for Biomedical Research at
CSUB students Edward Elliott, William Ott and Kyle White
recorded the highest-ever finish by a CSUB team in the nationís most prestigious
math tournament ó the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The
team finished in the top 20% among more than 400 teams.
CSUB is home to the annual spring Bakersfield Jazz Festival
which draws thousands of fans as well as some the nationís top jazz groups.
CSUB has the systemís highest percentage of faculty
with Ph.D.ís or other terminal degrees.