Once, California State University, Stanislaus was going to run a flourishing satellite campus of 4,000 students in Stockton. Then, budget cuts shrank Stockton’s satellite to a broom closet.
Not only was the “Stockton Center” axed to the 200-student range — a token for a county of over 700,000 — the president opposed Stockton getting its own state university.
“Let’s be honest,” Stockton Center President Faimous Harrison said. “Greater San Joaquin County serves over three-quarter million constituents. There is no reason why there should not be more access to higher education. Period.”
The recession is over. That president is gone. Stanislaus State again says it wants to expand the Stockton Center well past its previous high of 2,300 students.
“We’re going to surpass that in less than two years,” proclaimed Harrison, 47. “I would like to see get 4,000 to 5,000 students. Let’s grow the…