The focus of this article: CSU says Palm Desert wins, personally, we believe Chula Vista may give the CSU system the most bang for it’s buck (efforts) whereby Chula Vista offers graduates big enterprise and business nearby!
A new, independent California State University campus in Palm Desert would have a greater ability to serve historically under-represented minorities, low-income students and first-generation students than other proposed campus sites.
That’s one of the conclusions in the final study, released this week, of five proposed campuses by the CSU system.
Palm Desert, which currently has a satellite campus for CSU San Bernardino, also has the advantage of potentially opening sooner than other proposed sites because the proposed full campus already has key facilities in place, the study added.
Palm Desert is one of five areas under consideration for a new campus. The others are Concord, Chula Vista, San Mateo County and Stockton.
Other advantages the Palm Desert campus have includes 168 acres of land donated by the city of Palm Desert, only 18 acres of which are currently developed, and a history in the desert of philanthropic giving that could help meet the more than $100 million needed for construction of a full campus.
The study will now be forwarded to CSU’s director of finance and the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in Sacramento. A decision on which proposed campus to approve — if any — will be made by the full state Legislature, meaning even if the Palm Desert campus is selected, it could be years away from reality.
“Among the studied clusters, the Inland Empire and Upper Central Valley Clusters have the highest ability to serve lower-income and first-generation students, and both fall below the state average share of population with higher education degrees,” the study states. “Of all of the evaluated locations, the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus has the highest share of historically underrepresented minorities living in close proximity (38 percent, or 215,000 people). San Joaquin County (Stockton) includes the next highest share of underrepresented minorities (34 percent, or 485,000 people.”