For years, cutbacks and fee hikes have dominated many conversations about the future of San Diego State and other local universities.
But SDSU’s in its second year of an ambitious strategic plan it’s dubbed “Building on Excellence.”
Contributor David L. Coddon recently sat down with SDSU chief Elliot Hirshman to talk about his plans to up interdisciplinary research offerings and hire 300 new professors over five years, among other efforts.
Hirshman also addressed the controversial student success fee that’ll help support some of those new investments.
• A former state legislator is floating a San Diego State takeover of the current Qualcomm Stadium plot in the wake of a blockbuster ruling that’s increasingly looking like a game-changer for proponents of both the Convention Center expansion and a new Chargers stadium.
U-T San Diego reports on San Diego native Steve Peace’s vision of a new front door for SDSU in Mission Valley, which could be convenient if the Chargers and city boosters can agree on a joint-use stadium and convention center downtown. The Chargers and city officials aren’t commenting on Peace’s pitch.