May 16, 1991

To: Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, Division Directors
From: President Gail Fullerton
Subject: Presidential Directive 91-02: Effective 7/1/91 Colleges of San José State University


When the present schools of the university were created, this institution was known as San José State College. It would have been confusing to have colleges within the College and sub-units were thus called schools. In 1972, our campus was among the first recognized as having earned the status of university within the California State University and Colleges system. In 1973, the State of California conferred upon our institution the name of San José State University. Thus, for nearly two decades, this has been a university within which there were schools, but no colleges.

The issue has been discussed at some length in the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate and by the Organization and Government Committee. The result of this consultation was Sense of the Senate Resolution 734, in which the Academic Senate noted:

". . . the present designation of "school" for administrative units including departments or divisions misleads the public about the size and comprehensive nature of San José State University. . . . . many universities of the size and complexity of San José State, including other California State University campuses, use the term "college" to designate what we call a "school" . . .


It is the purpose of this Presidential Directive to implement Sense of the Senate Resolution 734 (May 6, 1991). This resolution, which passed unanimously, resolves that the names of all present schools at San José State University be changed to "college." Accordingly, effective July 1, 1991, the names of the colleges of San José State University will be as follows:

  • College of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • College of Business College of Education College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and the Arts
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences College of Social Work

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May 17, 1991


To: President Dr. Gail Fullerton
From: Rose Tseng Dean, School of Applied Arts and Sciences
Re: College of Applied Sciences and Arts

After conferring with each department chair in the School, including Military Science and Aerospace Studies, I wish to inform you that there is a consensus to change the name of the School of Applied Arts and Sciences to the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.Each chair polled the full-time faculty to seek their input and there was nearly unanimous consent by the faculty to the change.

Based upon the feedback and input from chairs and faculty, I concur with your recommendation that the change in title be effective as soon as you deem appropriate.