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.