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USD Joins Effort to Survey San Diego’s Future

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The University of San Diego is where students come to obtain a quality education from skilled faculty. The knowledge obtained through participation in the classroom, the community and opportunities nationally and abroad is what USD students take away and apply as they become tomorrow’s leaders.

That’s why it’s not a surprise when the San Diego Foundation initiates an effort to focus on the future of the greater San Diego region that USD looks at this as an opportunity for the campus community to support and to make an impact.

The university is a participating partner in the foundation’s Our Greater San Diego Vision, a survey program that seeks input from all residents to identify a vision for the region in the decades to come.

Dubbed “America’s Finest City,” it is imperative that San Diego residents take a hard look at the future and voice their opinion on ways to preserve or improve the quality of life in the region. Some examples:

• The San Diego region is projected to grow by 1.3 million people over the next 40 years, the equivalent of San Diego’s current population. Where will these residents live, learn, work and play?

• The region’s housing costs are more than twice as high as the U.S. average.

• One in three high school students will not graduate.

The USD community, consisting of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents and friends, is invited to join in the conversation about San Diego’s future. To participate in the survey, visit before Jan. 26. Questions are divided into four topics and responses may require some reflection and prioritization, but should not take more than a few minutes to complete.

“Providing San Diegans with access to a quality education, affordable housing, good jobs and a greater quality of life are all important priorities,” USD President Mary E. Lyons said in a campus-wide statement. “Please complete the survey and show others that the University of San Diego cares about Our Greater San Diego Vision.”

— Inside USD Staff

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