CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY (est. 1965) occupies a campus of approx. 70 acres and 37 buildings centered on Euclid Ave. between E. 17th St. and the Innerbelt Freeway. CSU consists of 7 colleges: Fenn College of Engineering, James J. Nance College of Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Education, Urban Affairs, Graduate Studies, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. With a faculty of 550, CSU offers 117 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including 10 doctorates and 2 professional degrees in law. Enrollment in 1994 was approx. 11,300 undergraduate and 5,200 graduate students, including 900 in the law college.

On 18 Dec. 1964, Governor James Rhodes signed legislation creating Cleveland State Univ., Ohio's seventh state university. On 1 Sept. 1965, the state assumed operations of FENN COLLEGE, its facilities, and personnel. In Feb. 1966 Dr. Harold Enarson was selected as CSU's first president (1967-72). During Enarson's administration enrollment increased from 5,000 to 15,000, and the faculty grew from 90 to 450. CSU's academic program added the College of Education (1966), and its first graduate degree (1967) and doctoral degree programs (1969). The campus expanded from 9 acres and 3 buildings to 27 acres with 4 new classroom and office buildings. Significant research and public service programs have been implemented under succeeding administrations including the World Trade Center, Advanced Manufacturing Center, Speech & Hearing Clinic, Center for Neighborhood Development, Legal Clinic, and Center for Applied Research in Education.


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