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February 15, 2001

Summer Semester Gets Big Boost

California State University, Sacramento will dramatically expand its summer semester this year, offering more than 250 state-subsidized classes and edging closer to its goal of offering a full academic program year-round.

Summer semester enrollment is expected to reach 2,650. While that's well below fall and spring semester enrollment, it will be more than double the number of students who were able to take advantage of the classes offered at the campus' first official summer semester last year.

For students, the growing summer semester offers greater flexibility and an opportunity to finish their educations sooner by taking summer classes at low, state-supported fees.

In fact, the summer fees are even lower than during fall and spring semesters. This summer, fees will be $445 part-time (0-6 units) and $745 full-time (7+ units) for undergraduates and $469 part-time and $784 full-time for graduate students. Financial aid will be available for students who qualify.

Courses also will be offered in a wider variety of academic areas this year. During the first summer semester, courses were primarily in areas with shortages - teacher education, nursing and social work - as well as general education.

"Our summer semester program is really working out well for students. It's a great opportunity for them, so we're happy to be growing so quickly," says Larry Glasmire, director of special programs and enrollment analysis.

Before the new summer semester was introduced, students taking summer classes had to pay the full, unsubsidized cost for all courses. The fee for each of those three-unit courses is about $435. There will still be courses of this type offered this summer by Regional and Continuing Education, but CSUS students will be able to take them for the same low fees charged for summer semester courses. By summer 2002, the campus expects full conversion to the state-supported summer semester.

The growth in the summer semester at CSUS is at least three years ahead of the timetable set by University officials just a year ago. It is made possible by an additional $19.9 million the Legislature directed to the CSU system for year-round operations.

"This has been a complex project for everyone involved," Glasmire says. "But we've been very successful because of the hard work and flexibility of so many dedicated employees."

Summer semester enrollment is expected to grow to about 4,000 in 2002 and as much as 25 percent each year after that for the foreseeable future.

Such growth, and an expansion of other alternative schedules such as evening and weekend programs, is vital to the University's effort to maintain broad access as the so-called "Echo Boomers" reach college age. In just the last two years, that group has helped push the University's overall enrollment up by more than 2,000 to 25,714.

The course schedule for the summer semester will be part of the comprehensive 2001-02 schedule, which will be available in printed form by mid-April. Tentative summer course offerings will be available online by late February. A separate schedule of summer courses offered by Regional and Continuing Education will be available at about the same time.

Course schedules and more information about summer semester are available at www.csus.edu/acaf/smrinfo.htm, by calling 278-8088 or e-mailing registrar@csus.edu.

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