San Jose State University, School of Art & Design*
San Jose, Calif.
1,100 students, both grad and undergrad
Art and Design
Academic: Founding partnerships with NID in India and ENSCI in France
Business: Herman Miller, Legrand, Bell Sports.
Top Employers: Adobe, Apple, Sun Microsystems
Claim to Fame: Leslie Speer, former coordinator of the UC-Berkeley-CCA partnership, has just finished her first year as an instructor in the Industrial Design department at San Jose State.
Signature Programs: One of the nation's top-ranked art programs, San Jose State is growing increasingly business-minded, starting a partnership with UC-Berkeley's business school on new-product design, where projects are company-sponsored. In the future, Leslie Speer hopes to organize a partnership between the business and design fields within San Jose State.