As an educator for the past 33 years (27 at Ventura College), I strongly support the development of a CSU campus on the Taylor Ranch property. I am writing this letter as a citizen of this county and as the Ventura College president, but not representing a college or district position.
The development of a CSU campus is a higher education opportunity for the region, rather than just for the city of Ventura. The CSU campus will influence the lives and expand the educational opportunities for all Ventura County citizens, especially those residing west and north of the Conejo Grade and particularly those who do not have the resources or the time to commute or relocate to another four-year college campus in the state.
Recently the Legislature passed and the governor signed AB1725. Among other items, this important reform bill re-established the mission of the community college, with transfer education being the No. 1 priority. A university in close physical proximity to a community college is essential to carry out this mission. If offers the opportunity for thousands of students who work and attend college to compete and complete baccalaureate requirements. The vast majority of people currently attending the overcrowded CSU University Center on Alessandro Drive are former community college students, and most of these are working women.