Since its creation by the 1868 Organic Act, the ten-campus University of California system has been a potent force in California’s emergence as one of the most diverse and dynamic societies in the world. CSHE research on the University’s rich history has produced a definitive account of the origins of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education; analyses of the growth of the UC system and its place in American higher education; and studies of presidential administrations, defining policy issues, and the birth of the first new research university of the twenty-first century, UC Merced. Current projects include a book-length study of the role of the University in the founding of the Sierra Club and the National Park Service and research on the organizational foundations of the UC system.
Chapters in the History of the University of California
Vol. 1, Henry F. May, Three Faces of Berkeley: Competing Ideologies in the Wheeler Era. 1993
Vol. 2, Gunther Barth, California's Practical Period: A Cultural Context of the Emerging University, 18050s-1870s. 1994
Vol. 3, Eugene C. Lee, The Origins of the Chancellorship: The Buried Report of 1948. 1995
Vol. 4, Geraldine Joncich Clifford, "Equally in View:" the University of California, its Women, and the Schools. 1995
Vol. 5, Roy Lowe, A Western Acropolis of Learning: The University of California in 1897. 1996