The Bishin Cutter wrote:
The problem is, SJSU may have been the "first" campus in the system that was to be expanded and named Cal State, but it was not treated as a "main campus" or primary location for the system, like Berkeley was/is able to enjoy historically and politically in the UC system. It's not really a flagship, especially depending on who you're asking (LA, for example, which was absorbed by UC...thus UCLA). I think SDSU, who is the bigger research school (or, at least, the one with the bigger endowment), a national university distinction, the lower admit rate may also take offense with that notion. The metrics point toward *them* being the flagship. Their faculty probably feel the same.
I like the California system, although I do understand the naming benefits from a marketing perspective.
SJSU is the oldest CSU, older than any UC as well, so some do refer to SJSU simply as Cal State, but that's really only in SJ. I imagine you are correct that if SJSU tried to change its name to Cal State SDSU would be mad and vice versa.
But let's not act like SJSU is the little red headed step child or something. According to Forbes top colleges (http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list ... l%20states
) SJSU ranks 315, SDSU 355, and FSU 359.
I think a lot of people from outside California don't realize just how much control over SoCal USC and UCLA have. Elevating SDSU to "Cal State" or adding them to the Pac 12 would cost those two a lot and they'd be the first to block them. There are plenty of people from San Diego that are much bigger fans of USC than SDSU.
But most importantly, as long as the California State University logo claims they were founded in 1857 (SJSU's founding year), SJSU is the only school that can be called Cal State. More than likely, no one will change their name.
Maybe SJSU could be North California State University and SDSU could be South California State University.