Campus: San Diego State University -- May 30, 2001


SDSU's Summer Session Enters New Era

Costs Drop, Classes Increase to Allow More Students to Graduate Sooner

Starting June 4, San Diego State University's drive toward becoming a true year-round institution hits a higher gear with the start of a greatly expanded summer session program.

The summer session is now entirely supported with state funds, providing more classes and making possible lower fees for SDSU students. SDSU's 2001 summer session features a nearly 40 percent reduction in fees compared to summer 2000 (based on students taking two three-unit courses). The numbers of courses offered has tripled, and enrollment has nearly tripled as well.

"By offering state-supported summer sessions we are better able to meet demand for classes, which will help more of our students graduate sooner and get into the workforce faster," said SDSU President Stephen Weber. "State support also gives us the capacity to accept new students more quickly so they can take advantage of our educational resources."

In past years, students could take summer classes as part of SDSU's Extended Studies program. But many did not because course options were relatively limited, courses were more expensive to take than during regular semester sessions, and financial aid was not available.

This summer is a different story.

Up to 7,000 SDSU students are expected to enroll this summer, which beats the university's expectations and is well above the approximately 2,500 students enrolled last summer. These students have more than 500 high-demand courses to choose from, up from 137 last summer. The courses focus largely in impacted or high-demand majors and in teacher preparation.

In addition, state support has dramatically lowered fees. For example, six units of classes this summer will cost $483; during fall or spring semesters that cost would be $550, and last summer under Extended Studies the amount was $780. And financial aid is now available.

The new summer session also coincides with changes in SDSU's academic calendar to help facilitate SDSU's transition to a year-round institution with three complementary class terms. While a one-week break between summer and fall terms will remain, the winter break after fall semester will be one week shorter (five weeks instead of six). Also, the spring 2002 semester will begin a week earlier, creating room for a full week break between spring and summer terms.

SDSU projects enrollment for summer sessions to continue to grow. Weber said that increasing summer enrollment is one of many steps that are needed to cope with the additional 500,000 students who are expected to be seeking enrollment in California's state universities.

"We are continuously seeking additional ways to accommodate the increasing demand for admission while maintaining the quality of education," he said. "This includes growing the main campus and increasing student capacity at our off-campus centers. In the meantime, implementing year-round operations with the new summer session better utilizes the facilities we have."

Registration for summer session is still available. Students can find registration information at www.sdsu.edu/summersession/.

Students not enrolled at SDSU may also register for summer session courses on a space-available basis. However, fees for those students will be paid in accordance with SDSU's College of Extended Studies' fee structure.

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded in 1897, SDSU has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 76 areas, master's degrees in 59 areas and doctorates in 13. SDSU's more than 31,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with professors and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. For more information, log onto www.sdsu.edu.


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