CSU Bakersfield -- October 6, 2003
Bakersfield University Opens Spring Enrollment
California State University, Bakersfield will open enrollment for the
spring quarter, university officials announced today. The university
had previously announced that it would have to close enrollment for
the spring quarter due to the state’s budget crisis, but thanks
to careful management of limited resources and other strategies, that
action has been rescinded.
“We are delighted to be able to open enrollment for spring quarter,”
CSUB Provost James George said. “We have been looking extremely
closely at every last slot. Because of our decision to limit students’
course-load to 17 units we have been able to maximize our enrollment
and provide classes for as many people as possible.
“We are committed to serving the maximum number of students that
we possibly can in our region, and have adopted strategies to do that.
Students should have no reluctance to enrolling,” George said.
Edwin Sasaki, CSUB’s interim dean of undergraduate studies, said
the university’s strategies have focused on providing as many
opportunities to students as possible. “We haven’t hired
as many adjunct instructors this fall, but have increased the number
of students in our other classes,” he said. “We have made
adjustments in professors’ course assignments. We have also cancelled
some classes with low enrollment.” He said low enrollment was
defined as classes with fewer than 10 students.
Sasaki said CSUB would continue the 17-unit course-load cap, but noted,
“We will make exceptions for students who will be able to graduate
in the current quarter with a greater load.”
Terry Dunn, CSUB’s director of institutional research, said that
despite the economic uncertainty and the enrollment management challenges
that the university is coping with, fall enrollment set another record.
Nearly 200 more students are attending CSUB this fall, 7,930, compared
to fall 2002 when a then-record 7,741 were enrolled. The full-time equivalent
enrollment is 6,726, also a record.
“The number of undergraduates grew at the same pace as the previous
few years,” Dunn said. “So if you’re wondering if
the increased fees have affected our enrollment, the answer is not at
George encouraged those interested in attending CSUB to call CSUB’s
Office of Admissions and Records at (661) 664-3036, or for those outside
the local calling area, (800) 788-CSUB (2782), and ask for extension
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, email@example.com