Campus: CSU Hayward -- November 20, 2001
Cal State Hayward Enrollment Increase Leads to Record Number of Students
Enrollment at California State University, Hayward has grown to its
highest numbers ever, as 13,240 students registered for classes for the
fall 2001 quarter, according to Robert Strobel, the university's assistant
vice president for Enrollment Services.
The university's student count grew by 4.1 percent (533 additional students)
over the fall 2000 quarter, when 12,707 were enrolled.
"In addition to our student enrollment being the highest it has ever
been, this is the first time since 1991 that the university's overall
enrollment has been over 13,000 students," said Leone Rodriguez,
assistant vice president for Institutional Research and Analysis.
Cal State Hayward's enrollment figure, when calculating the overall total
of class units for which students are registered, is equivalent to 10,388
"full-time" students. This also is a record number for CSUH
and a 4.2 percent increase over the "full-time equivalent (FTE) figure
of 9,972 of one year ago. The FTE is a measurement of enrollment calculated
by dividing the total number of units for which students are registered
for the quarter by 15, the standard number of class units taken by full-time
The increase is indicative of recruitment efforts by CSUH to reach out
to surrounding communities and counties in the Bay Area and to provide
the courses and academic services wanted by the population.
"From conducting surveys to distributing recruitment materials in
the community, we're determined to let everyone know about the quality
of our academic programs and instruction," said Strobel. "The
five most important characteristics rated by students who enrolled here
were availability of majors, quality of majors, costs of attendance, value
for the price, and personal attention. We are also keeping the teacher-student
ratio to 20-1 so students have greater access to the instructor."
Cal State Hayward responded to the survey responses by streamlining the
student admissions process, adding scholarships and more student housing,
and improving accessibility to desired classes.
"For the first time, beginning with the fall 2001 quarter, students
were able to register for classes online from any computer with access
to the Internet," Rodriguez explained. "More than half of our
students registered online for the current quarter. We've also made certain
to add classes in the subjects desired and needed by students while limiting
class size so that they have greater personal interaction with their instructor.
"Value for the price and cost of attendance at Cal State Hayward
were the most important factors for those who ultimately enrolled here
for the fall quarter," Rodriguez noted.
Only 15 of more than 2,000 classes offered by CSUH have more than 100
Another important consideration, according to the survey, was quality
class accessibility for those employed full time while seeking undergraduate
and graduate degrees for personal and career growth.
As part of its overall growth, Cal State Hayward also had a 10.1 percent
increase (340) in graduate students seeking master's degrees or teaching
credentials over the fall 2000 quarter, with 3,712 enrolled for that purpose
"Our staff has been doing a great job during the past year to bring
our excellent faculty and curriculum to the attention of the communities
we serve," said Cal State Hayward President Norma Rees. The enrollment
growth at CSUH contributed to the recently reported overall system-wide
increase for the California State University system.