Having better educated people in the community is always a plus.
So on the surface, the plan to create a master's degree program in English at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus seems like a fine one.
But dig deeper and it becomes a great one.
Yes, some of our brightest folks are going to get even smarter and more literate through such a program, and they will pass on that knowledge and love for literature to others in the community, particularly young people.
That is wonderful. But of even more importance is the fact there is a pressing need for English teachers here in the Valley, particularly at Imperial Valley College. This program can help address that shortage.