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Our Opinion: MOving forward on North COunty SDSU

May 09, 2002|By the sound of things, it may take some time for a San Diego State University, Imperial Valley campus in the North County to be built. For that reason we are pleased to hear SDSU officials are trying to make a temporary facility available to North County by the fall semester

The idea that SDSU wants to expand its service in the Imperial Valley is exciting. There is a great demand for increased higher educational opportunities in the Imperial Valley, and extended services will make that happen.

We urge university officials to not lose sight of the quality campus in Calexico. We would like to see even more done with that campus, and it sounds like SDSU officials are at least looking at adding classes if not expanding the physical campus.

Still, we look forward to seeing a North County campus become a reality. We have concerns at how fast work on such a campus will move forward, particularly because funding of the project depends on a November ballot measure passing. If it does not pass, the project likely will be delayed.

However, university officials are not simply going to wait to see what happens in November. They deserve plaudits for taking pro-active steps to increase services as quickly as possible. Officials have been in Brawley scouting buildings as a possible temporary site for a campus. They would look to have up to five classrooms available by the fall or at the latest the spring 2003 semester. They would hope to offer as many as 20 classes.

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We are confident such an external campus will be utilized immediately, in much the same way the small Imperial Valley College external campus in Brawley is fully used. Valley students are hungry for higher education.

We are confident the future will bring about a permanent North County SDSU facility. The Calexico facility already offers a wonderful environment for students to learn in, and it could serve as a good model for the North County campus.

We urge SDSU to keep up the effort toward building a permanent campus even if the November ballot measure fails. The people of the Valley need more educational services. They should not have to drive over the hill or to Arizona to achieve their educational goals or dreams for success.

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