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March 23, 1920 - Board of Normal School Principals adopts a revised curriculum as part of an effort to become colleges.

Dec. 1, 1921 - For the first time in history, SWSNC was free of debt after all bonds and other debts were paid by the state.

Jan. 6, 1921 - Trustees authorize Principal Entz to purchase a truck to replace the horse and wagon. Entz purchases a Stewart motor truck for $3,170.

April 28, 1922 - Board of Normal School Principals meets again and makes additional changes, including the requirement for graduation becoming 120 semester hours.

May 4, 1922 - A budget surplus of $15,000 is estimated.

Sept. 1922 - The budget surplus is re-estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000.

1922 - SWSNS begins establishing extension centers to help train rural schoolteachers.

Jan. 16, 1925 - Another meeting of the Principals results in giving holders of permanent or provisional certificates until 1927 to receive credit for the courses on their certificate. Also, high school courses offered by the normal schools would no longer count towards graduation.

Jan. 6, 1927 - Principal Entz informs the Trustees that he cannot apply for collegiate status yet because eight members of the faculty lack degrees. All of the other normal schools in the state have already applied. SWSNS's application is denied.

April 7, 1927 - The Board of Trustees instructs Entz to select the faculty for the next year and apply for the ability to grant degrees.

May 1927 - Harry L. Kriner is named the first dean of instruction.

Jan. 5, 1928 - A committee from the State Board of Education visits to inspect the school.

March 1, 1928 - Three trustees (H.D. Freeland, O.R. Brownfield, and T.P. Sloan) and Principal Entz go to Harrisburg to persuade the Board of Education that California should be allowed to grant degrees. The group is informed that the school will not become a college until Entz is replaced.

May 3, 1928 - Entz is given a two-month vacation; State Council of Education informs trustees that school will be able to grant degrees in Elementary Education in September.

May 17, 1928 - Dr. Robert M. Steele is presented to the Board of Trustees for the position of principal.

May 26, 1928 - Trustees prepare a request to purchase additional land for the new training school and future development.

June 1, 1928 - Dr. Steele is hired.

July 21, 1928 - Trustees add further tracts of land to the earlier request to purchase land for construction of a new gymnasium, dormitory, and classroom building(s). The Trustees plan the campus in the form of a quadrangle.

Sept. 1, 1928
- Dr. Steele becomes the first president of California State Teachers College.

Sept. 19, 1928 - Appraisers report to the trustees that the owners of the property desired for the college want a total of $102,500 for land estimated to be worth $53,300. The trustees are only authorized by the state to offer a total of $34,000.

Oct. 25, 1928 - Superintendent James Rule instructs the trustees to condemn the properties.

Dec. 7, 1928 - Ability to grant bachelor's degree in Secondary Education is given to the college.A photo of a man ina suit trying to sell his car for $100 because he lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929

Jan. 3, 1929
- Ground broken for the new training school.

March 20, 1929 - The trustees name the new building the Theodore B. Noss Training School.

March 22, 1929 - The Curriculum Revision Committee of the Board of State Teacher's College Presidents approves an Industrial Arts program.

April 11, 1929 - The trustees decide that the inspector sent by the state had poorly chosen the brick for the new building and inform the Bureau of Construction, Department of Property and Supplies. The Bureau instructs the trustees to reject the brick and select a new brick that will meet specifications.

May 10, 1929 - The school's name is officially changed to California State Teachers College, effective May 28.

May 17, 1929 - The Curriculum Revision committee decides that only two colleges need to have Industrial Arts programs, one on the west side and one on the east side of the state.

May 28, 1929
- California State Teachers College grants its first bachelor's degrees.

July 23, 1929 - Emil Johnson of Uniontown appointed as architect of the new gymnasium. The Trustees are instructed to condemn the desired property, but purchase the properties instead.

Oct. 24, 1929 - "Black Thursday;" collapse of the stock market announces the beginning of the Great Depression.