SDSU IV to add four-year psychology degree program in 2020.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2019
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SDSU IV to add four-year psychology degree program in 2020
San Diego State University Imperial Valley announced today it will offer a full-time, four-year degree in psychology in fall 2020. The announcement comes on the heels of the university’s decision to offer a full-time, four-year criminal justice degree program in fall 2019.
“With the addition of the full-time, 4-year psychology degree program we are honoring our commitment to increase opportunities for local students,” SDSU IV Dean Gregorio Ponce. “We want students to have the option to attend and earn a four-year degree at a top-tier university without having to leave the Valley.”
Criminal justice and psychology are among the most popular degree programs offered at SDSU IV. Until the creation of the full-time degree programs, they were accessible only to transfer students or those enrolled in the Imperial Valley University Program (IVUP), a dual enrollment program through which students complete part of their courses at Imperial Valley College and the local SDSU campus at the same time.
Both Dean Ponce and SDSU President Adela De la Torre strongly support the addition of full-time four-year degree programs locally as a way of achieving the California State University mission of preparing “significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture and future.”
Dr. Ponce said, “To grow our local economy, we have to raise the community’s college-educated percentages. SDSU IV can be an important part of the solution by offering more educational options and opportunities for students.”
During a recent visit to the Valley, Dr. de la Torre spoke enthusiastically about the local campus and her vision of its potential. “We can grow SDSU Imperial Valley and educate the global citizens, compassionate leaders and ethical innovators for the region and beyond,”
Adding full-time four-year undergraduate degree programs at SDSU Imperial Valley is particularly important, Dr. Ponce added, because many local graduating high school seniors who are eligible to attend CSU do not immediately enroll. High school students have a Nov. 30 deadline to apply for admission for fall 2020 at CSU campuses and many other universities.
While the IVUP program remains a popular option for many students, the development of full-time, four-year degree programs at SDSU IV adds even more choices for Valley high school students who are CSU eligible, Dr. Ponce said.
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