Expansion of the CSUSB campus
will transform local education.
If everything goes as planned, enrollment at California State University, San
Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, will balloon from the current 1,100 students
to 3,000 in 2018 and to as many as 8,000 in the next 10 to 15 years.
The growth hinges on the university board of trustees’ approval of a draft
master plan involving as many as 10 academic buildings on campus, expanding
the indoor space from about 60,000 to 1. 5 million square feet.
“We’re going to make this a real campus here,” Dean Sharon Brown-Welty
beams. “The goal is to be the first choice for Coachella Valley students who are
considering a four-year university.”
Brown-Welty, who began her tenure on the Palm Desert campus in 2014,
has emerged as a transformational figure and champion for higher education in
Greater Palm Springs. Formerly the associate director of the doctoral program