Central State University History
institution now known as Central State University originated on March 19, 1887,
when the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing a Combined Normal and
Industrial Department at Wilberforce College which was founded before the Civil
War. Although associated with Wilberforce College, the Department was
considered a separate institution with its own Board of Trustee.
In 1941, the General Assembly expanded the
Combined Normal and Industrial Department, which offered two-year courses, into
the College of Education and Industrial Arts, which provided a four-year college
In 1947, the College of Education and
Industrial Arts began operating independently. It continued its programs in
teacher education, industrial arts, and business, and began offering a four-year
liberal arts program under the name Wilberforce State College. In 1951,
the legislature provided the name Central State College, and in 1965, Central
State was granted University status.
CSU Web Site Link: http://www.centralstate.edu