Campus: San Francisco State University -- June 11, 2001
First-Ever Expanded SFSU Summer Semester Draws More Than
Low fees, financial aid, compressed time schedule are incentives
in new state-supported program
Marking a new trend in year-round operations, more than 7,600 San
Francisco State University students have enrolled for the state-supported
Summer Semester, significantly exceeding the University's expectations.
By next year, all 23 campuses in the California State University system
are expected to operate year round. SFSU is one of the first CSU campuses
moving to a year-round schedule.
SFSU has greatly expanded its Summer Semester by offering more than 670
classes, including many high-demand courses required for graduation such
as Second Year Composition and Fundamentals of Oral Communication. Students
can complete a semester-long class in only five weeks. During last year's
introductory pilot program, about 640 students attended Summer Semester,
in which 67 classes were offered.
"We are giving students what they have wanted for years - a wider
range of summer course offerings at affordable University fees,"
said Gail Whitaker, SFSU associate vice president for academic program
development. "More students will now be able to graduate sooner."
Summer Semester helps SFSU prepare for Tidal Wave II, the influx of children
of the Baby Boom generation and immigrants expected to flood California
universities by 2010. Gov. Gray Davis allocated an additional $16 million
of this year's state budget to support the CSU's year-round operations.
In previous years, students wishing to take classes over the summer registered
through the SFSU College of Extended Learning and paid twice as much for
classes without the opportunity to receive financial aid. In the new state-supported
Summer Semester, SFSU undergraduate students who are California residents
- including incoming freshmen - pay $450 for six units or less and $750
for 6.1 units or more. Students may take up to 14 units. Financial aid
is available to eligible students. On-campus housing is also available.
The summer session runs in two five-week sessions, June 11 - July 15 or
July 16 - Aug. 19, and one 10-week session, June 11 - Aug. 19.