Because of the overcrowding and high-priced housing in the Silicon Valley, a major technology company recently decided to move its headquarters to a quiet section of Lassen County just outside of Susanville. Several other companies have followed its example and have settled in the same vicinity.
The relocation of these businesses in this area is changing the population and types of people who are moving to this previously small, rural area. More college graduates are needed to fill the professional positions that are needed in these industries, and the children of these new residents will have to travel to get to a branch of the California State University. As a result, the California State University has decided to consider opening a branch in the area that would serve the not only Lassen County, but also Modoc, Plumas and Siskiyou counties by including courses of study that would help the residents of all of the counties of the northeastern corner of California. See the need by reviewing the map of existing California State University Campuses http://www.calstate.edu/datastore/campus_map.shtml
You have been asked to be part of a committee that will plan the new university. It is important that all aspects of the community are considered when creating the course studies of the school. These questions will all need to be researched thoroughly to be sure that the university will be approved by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees:
Your class will be divided into three groups, one to consider each of the questions above. A member of each group will be then be chosen to form a final presentation committee to combine the findings of all the committees and present them to the Chancellor.
Group 1 will read about the history of the California State Universities and its mission statement. This group must be able to convince the Chancellor/Board of Trustees that the new university will meet the goals that have been established for all schools within the system. It will be necessary to address the points in the Mission Statement and explain why you think your academic program will satisfy them.
Group 2‘s job will be to examine the current industries of Lassen and surrounding counties and list the jobs that need to be filled there that will require a college education. It will be important to consider the new industries and the skills that will be needed by future employees. What other college-trained professionals will be needed in order to provide services for the increased population (school, libraries, medical and dental services, etc.)? What courses of studies will the university need to offer to be able to train workers for these professions?
It will be helpful to look at the majors offered by other branches of the California State University that are in areas with similar needs. What majors does a school like San Jose State College offer to provide training for the workers in Silicon Valley? What other universities have similar agricultural and cultural areas and what courses of study do they provide?
It will be this group’s responsibility to make a list of majors and minors that should provide appropriate course studies for the students in this area that will be attending this school. Members of the group will need to be prepared to defend their choices of programs.
Group 3 will examine the areas of course study offered at the closest Community Colleges. What are the areas of specialization offered there? When students complete their studies at these colleges, many will want to continue at a four-year college in order to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Does your plan for your college include programs that will allow them to do that while staying relatively close to home? Make a list of the programs offered by these Community Colleges and your recommendations for continuing studies.
Each group should make neat, well-written charts to show the results of their research, and these will be shared with the entire class at a “town meeting” type of gathering. Each committee will present its findings, and members of all groups should be allowed to ask questions and brainstorm ideas.
Each committee will then select one member to represent them on the Presentation Committee. This committee will create a final presentation based on the findings of all the three committees and the suggestions made at the Town Meeting. This presentation should include clear, well-written charts and will be presented to the Chancellor and/or Board of Trustees, who will be chosen by your teacher.
You can request college catalogues from any Community College or branch of the California State University system. There are also many Internet sites that offer information online. Here are some of these sites:
This site provides information
about the history of the University system.
The Mission of the
California State University
Projections of Employment
by Industry and Occupation
You will be learning a lot about courses that are available at both the Community Colleges and the four-year colleges in California as you work through this lesson. Be sure to take good notes as you work. If you are not clear about the kinds of subjects that need to be studied to be a professional in any field, you will need to do a little research on that career. You might want to talk to people who work in some of the fields if you need more information.
You will need to check your
map of California frequently to see where colleges, cities and counties
are located. Your Social Studies book should be able to provide you
with additional resources about the regions of California.
Each group will need a chairperson who will oversee the research and organize group meetings. This person should take notes at the Town Meeting to be sure to include group ideas in the final presentation.
Did your group cover all
of the important issues? When you presented your ideas at the Town Meetings,
did other group members agree with your decisions? Did they find important
things that were missing?
Think about your presentations to the large group and to the Chancellor/Board of Trustees:
Was the proposal for the University program approved by the Chancellor/Board of Trustees?
Language Arts Standards
Grade 4: Reading Comprehension