& Alumni Vote for SJSU Name Change
CSU Restoration Draws Support
percent of students and alumni who voted in a February 2005
"straw poll" of several Yahoo groups favored restoration
of San Jose's CSU identity in some manner. Of the 76 students
and alumni voting in nine "SJSU" Yahoo Groups, 48
voted to restore the words "California State University"
to the schools public identity.
The non-binding straw poll showed strong support, across several
diverse interest groups, for restoration of San Jose's identity
as the original and oldest California State University campus.
While one pro-CSU group, the CSU Spartans, and one pro-"STATE"
group, Gostate, were included in the polls, their votes were
nullified by the anti-CSU votes of the "AS Presidents
The straw polls asked the following question:
now called San Jose State is the oldest public institution
of higher learning in the State of
California. The school’s original name as a state institution
was the “California State Normal School”, and
that name was used from 1862 until
1921. San Jose’s first name as a university was “California
State University, San Jose” (from 1972 to 1974). Currently,
San Jose degrees are granted by “the Trustees of the
California State University at San Jose” and “recommended”
by the “faculty of SJSU”. Since 2003 some San
Jose students and alumni have advocated restoring the “CSU”
part of the school’s identity, believing this will help
make the school more prestigious and nationally recognizable
and the degrees it grants more valuable by capitalizing on
the school’s unique place in California history.
support restoration of a dual city/state identity at San Jose
State by restoring the
words “California State University” to the school’s
public identity in some manner (for example: “San Jose
State/CSU San Jose”, or “San Jose, California
State University” or “California State University,
The non-scientific poll was conducted by Gostate.org to gauge
support for CSU restoration in San Jose. The CSU restoration
movement in San Jose has developed a CSU
restoration program to try to achieve the goal of restoring
the original CSU, in San Jose, California.
Sixty-three percent of voting students and alumni supported
restoration of the words "California State University"
to the public identity of the original and oldest CSU campus
in a February 2005 "straw poll" of several "SJSU"
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