The vision of an independent four-year university in the Coachella Valley is decades old.

It’s the reason Palm Desert gave 168 acres to Cal State San Bernardino in the late 1990s to develop a campus that would one day stand on its own.

Traditionally, a college-bound teenager leaves home at 18. But 25 years after CSUSB got that land — and 36 years after it opened its first desert satellite a few miles away — the valley still doesn’t have its own university.

The recent controversy over College of the Desert’s stalled plans for a west valley campus can obscure the fact the CSU Palm Desert plan has been languishing for even longer.

But we think 2022 is the year to bring it to a head.

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