Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- February 19, 2001


CSU Stanislaus Shifts to Year-round Classes with State Funds

State support has enabled California State University, Stanislaus to convert to year-round operations starting in June, which would benefit students by decreasing costs and accelerating program completion.

"We are committed to serving increased numbers in future summer terms as more students take advantage of the reduced summer fees and seek to shorten their time to graduation," said Dr. Marvalene Hughes, CSU Stanislaus President. "Providing summer classes in this manner will enable the University to keep pace with student needs for convenience and affordability."

A special pilot program last summer provided 17 state-supported classes. The University decided to switch to a year-round schedule permanently after the Legislature provided funding to the California State University Chancellor's Office. As one of 10 CSU campuses transitioning to an additional term this summer, CSU Stanislaus will receive approximately $1.2 million of $19.9 million allocated statewide to the CSU to facilitate the transition.

The funds will enable the University to offer classes at the lower state-subsidized rate offered in Fall, Winter and Spring terms, while providing for a seamless year-round academic schedule. In the past, summer sessions were only available through University Extended Education, and higher student fees were necessary to cover costs.

Dr. Richard A. Curry, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, invites new and continuing students to consider the excellent opportunity this new state-supported summer term affords.

"Classes will be conducted at the Turlock campus, and the University's Stockton and Merced sites will offer selected courses," he said.

Dr. Diana Demetrulias, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, is coordinating the University's preparation for Summer Term 2001.

"Nearly 200 classes in almost all academic disciplines and general education are scheduled so that students who wish to enroll in summer term may do so, but it is not mandatory," she said. "Students will realize a substantial savings in summer class rate fees through this new arrangement."

More than 1,500 students are expected to take advantage of the opportunity. Summer Term 2001 will include a six-week session from June 11 through July 20, and a four-week session from July 23 through August 17. Applications for Summer Term admission will be accepted through May 11. Late applications will be accepted from May 14 through June 6.

Continuing and first-time students may register from May 2 through July 18. Registration is open to current students and those admitted for the Fall 2001 semester.

Those who have not been admitted may enroll in courses with the instructor's permission through "Open University." Professional development and career advancement courses will also be available this summer through University Extended Education at affordable rates.

For questions on applications, registration and financial aid, call the University's Enrollment Services Office at (209)667-3264. Queries relating to course information may be directed to (209)667-3738. Information on University Extended Education's summer programs is available at (209)667-3111. General information is also available on the University's Web site at www.csustan.edu.


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