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December 5, 2017 > Letter to the Editor: Restore CSU HaywardÕs good name

Letter to the Editor: Restore CSU HaywardÕs good name

Thank you for recently publishing four letters to the editor in favor of the restoration of CSU Hayward from four of its graduates: Sarah Dias, Laura von Hacht Mattos, Jeff Syrop and Peter Reimer.

In late spring 2004, then-CSU Hayward President Rees announced her proposal that CSU HaywardÕs 43-year-old name be removed and replaced with ÒEast Bay.Ó President Rees gave as her reason for the name change CSU HaywardÕs failure to grow its enrollment. She suggested that CSU East Bay would identify the school as a ÒregionalÓ university that would grow its enrollment.

The ChancellorÕs office has never defined ÒregionalÓ criteria for the purpose of classifying or naming CSUs. For example, does ÒregionalÓ mean that a CSU enrolls a higher number of students from within its service area, or, from the service areas of other CSUs?

President Rees offered no ÒregionalÓ criteria and presented no evidence that CSU in Hayward is more regional than its three Bay Area CSU sisters, nor that it is more ÒregionalÓ than its 22 California CSU sisters. To do so would have, in effect, been a recommendation that some or all CSUs adopt regional names.

Given that the ten UCs are all named for their host city or county, and are most probably all more regional, by any criteria, than any CSU, it would be most accurate, most correct, and most honest to restore the CSU Hayward name immediately.

Peter D. Reimer
CSU Hayward Alumni Association - Life-time Member
Hayward, CA

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