Sac State University Policy Manual

Center for California Studies, Campus Advisory Board, Statewide Advisory Council, Mission of

Policy Administrator: President
Authority: P.M. 92-07
Effective Date: September 17, 1992
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: UMC02025.htm



The mission of the Center for California Studies

The Center for California Studies is an established unit of research and public service at California State University, Sacramento.

The Center for California Studies operates as a public education, public service, and applied research unit of California State University, Sacramento, devoted to promoting understanding of California's history, cultures, and public policies. Located on the capital campus of the California State University, it possesses a unique trust: to bring the resources of the state's public discourse, and civic education. Founded in 1983, the Center draws on the services and talents of more than 500 scholars throughout the campuses of the California State University and on the expertise of professionals and practitioners throughout the state.

The Center preforms functions integral to the mission of the California State University. It fulfills a public service role inherent in the character of California State University, Sacramento, as a comprehensive regional University. It encourages faculty research and creative activity in support of the University's instructional mission. It provides resources for the preparation of California students for life in a multiethnic world, and the contribution by state universities to the economic, social, and cultural development of their regions. In fulfillment of these complementary purposes the Center:

* promotes public policy and civic education activities by administering the Assembly, Senate, and Executive Fellows Programs, providing resources for policy development, placing interns, sponsoring forums, debates, and roundtables for policy-makers on major new staff and the public on both the practical and ethical dimensions of public service;

* coordinates existing California-oriented university resources and develops support for the emerging interdisciplinary field of California Studies, provides experiential and participant learning opportunities for CSU students, promotes public understanding of the peoples and problems of the state, and encourages applied research on selected policy issues through its workshops and its statewide clearinghouse activities;

* enhances the political literacy and opportunities for effective participation of California citizens by stimulating public discussion about the state's history and cultures, its changing global and Pacific roles, and its politics and policy alternatives through seminars, conferences, oral history projects and publications;

* maintains collaborative ties with California historical societies, policy institutes, and public associations, and provides information, research and conference services to regional study centers throughout the state of California.

As the state's primary institute of California public affairs and a university institute addressed to state politics, the Center creates a unique intellectual forum for California. It is sustained by funding from California State University, Sacramento, annual state budget appropriations, and private donors. The support it receives and guidance from campus and statewide advisory boards assures the Center for California Studies of a vital presence in the public life of the state.


The Center has a Campus Advisory Board. Because the Center is interdisciplinary and University-wide, the membership of the Advisory Board is also interdisciplinary and campus-wide.

The Campus Advisory Board for the Center for California Studies has as its purpose working with the Director, and others who are involved in the activities of the Center and the development of these activities, relating the Center to its many publics in state government and elsewhere, and advising the president and others on the campus about the activities of the Center. The actions of the Campus Advisory Board are in the form of recommendations to the President. Members of the Campus Advisory board are appointed by the President. Terms for members of the board are three years. The Board may have up to twenty-five members. The Director of the Center for California Studies, the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, and the Vice President for University Affairs are ex-officio members of the Campus Advisory Board.

The Center operates within University policy for centers and institutes. The work of the Board includes:

(1) give recommendations and guidance pertaining to the basic direction and
programs, of the Center, advice on the adoption of new programs and assistance
in implementing the larger community role of the Center;

(2) help staff Center program committees and participate in Center programs;

(3) aid the Center in fulfillment of its interdisciplinary potential;

(4) provide the Center with assistance in creating and maintaining links with many
publics in the state, with civic and educational organizations pursuing similar
goals, and with state, regional, and local offices;

(5) assist the Center in identifying and contacting funding sources, both public and
private; and

(6) provide review and advice on budget and resources,


1. The Advisory Council meets twice each year (Fall and Spring). Typically, members of the Advisory Council host the meetings.

2. The advisory Council organizes committees as needed. Members are involved in the work of at least one Center committee.

3. Members of the Council help promote public awareness and understanding of the Center and perform a representative function by linking it with relevant statewide publics including educational and civic organizations, private sector organizations, and local and statewide history societies.

4. The Advisory Council is over time, asked to comment on the Center's performance and the quality of that performance.

5. Members of the Advisory Council, when appropriate and not inconsistent with other professional roles, provide development assistance to the Center by offering suggestions and help with Center fundraising including provision of access to sources of extramural funds and related resources and sharing of fundraising experience in order to assure the financial vitality of the Center.

6. The Advisory Council provides guidance and counsel to the president of the University and the Director of the Center about promising avenues of scholarship and policy options development related to the purposes of the Center.

7. Members of the Advisory Council are appointed by the President of California State University, Sacramento. Terms are three years. The Director of the Center for California Studies, the Vice President for University Affairs, selected other individuals appointed by the President, and the President are ex-officio members of the Advisory Council.

8. Formal actions of the Advisory Council are in the form of recommendations to the President of the University.