The California Legislature has just spent 4 million tax dollars on a study to see where it should build a new California State University campus.
The candidates are Palm Desert, Concord, Chula Vista, along with sites in San Mateo and San Joaquin Counties.
Well, the Cal State Board of Trustees does not care for any of the locations, saying the enrollment demand is just not there.
It could take as much as 3 billion dollars to take the current Cal State satellite campus in Palm Desert and expand that to a full scale, stand-alone school.
And it could take up to 9 years to make that happen.
Factor in how many first-generation students from minority families might attend the new school, and the fact that no one is attending college in person these days, due to Covid-19.
The entire Cal State system will be on virtual learning the entire Fall 2020 semester and is weighing what to do in the Spring of 2021.
CSU San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus began offering classes in 1986 on land leased to the university by College of the Desert.
The current campus on Cook Street opened in 2002, and currently, 1,600 students are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate classes.
The Cook Street campus started out on 55 acres but was later expanded to about 170 after the city of Palm Desert donated 114 adjacent acres to the school in 2015.
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