The Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP) is an innovative educational initiative undertaken by Imperial Valley College (IVC), the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE) and San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley (SDSU-IV). The goal is to offer Imperial Valley students an accessible, affordable, high quality education with a clear path to a Bachelor’s degree in four years.
All students who apply to SDSU-IV as first-time freshman participate in the IVUP program. This program is designed to provide students with an enriched college and university experience. It involves joint admission of students to IVC and SDSU-IV, meaning that students apply, are admitted, and attend classes at both schools for the first two years. Currently, students attend IVC on Monday and Wednesday and SDSU-IV on Tuesday and Thursday. The IVUP academic and personal enrichment seminars are held on Fridays twice a semester.
This arrangement, of attending both institutions, provides students a seamless transition between the first two years of their undergraduate education (as IVUP students) and their final two years (at which point they are only SDSU students). It also gives students full access to the resources - the faculty and staff; the classrooms and laboratories and libraries; the recreational and sports facilities; the scholarship opportunities; the cultural events and student life activities - of both institutions.
IVUP includes features that have shown to increase students’ success, among them a cohort structure, access to priority registration, academic and personal enrichment seminars, student and parent orientations, and a powerful emphasis on student advising and mentoring. A very unique feature of the program is that students have the option of obtaining an Associate’s degree from IVC while they are completing the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree from SDSU.
The majors currently offered are: Criminal Justice, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Public Administration and Spanish* (*The Spanish major is only open for students who have taken AP Spanish Language and have obtained a score of 3 or higher). The plan is to add other majors in the near future.
During the establishment of IVUP, a number of resolutions in support of the IVUP were passed by the Imperial Valley community. Among these are resolutions from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, The Board of the Heber Elementary School District, Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Central Union High School District Board of Trustees, City Council of El Centro, City Council of the City of Brawley, El Centro Elementary School District, Imperial County Board of Education, Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce, Meadows Union School District, and the Calipatria Unified School District Board of Trustees.