Cuesta College is moving forward with its plan to restore summer school in an effort to boost enrollment numbers and keep students engaged.
The college eliminated the majority of its summer term last year to save money but saw a decline in the number of students that enrolled in the fall semester as a result.
Cuesta College President Gil Stork announced in December that the college would once again offer summer courses.
On Friday, college officials confirmed that Cuesta would offer 110 courses at its San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses — enough to serve 3,300 students.
In 2009, the last time a full summer session was offered, about 3,395 students enrolled in courses.
Stephan Gunsaulus, the college’s marketing and communications director, said the summer schedule will have a “robust” assortment of offerings, including biology, English, history, math, foreign language and career technical education courses.
Starting today, students will be able to access information on the summer classes being offered.
Lower than anticipated enrollment in the fall semester prompted the college to seek ways to boost student numbers in order to meet state funding requirements.
If the college does not reach 9,200 in annual full-time-equivalent enrollment, it will be penalized by the state at a cost of about $5,000 for each FTE student it needs to reach that mark.
The college had hoped to reach a 4,500 full-time-equivalent student count in the fall semester, but achieved 4,341. That number represents about 13,000 total students.
The college’s goal was to reach that same amount — 4,500 full-time-equivalent student count — in the spring semester. Instead, it reached a 4,294 full-time-equivalent student count.
Gunsaulus said he was confident that the summer session would put the college’s enrollment where it needed to be to avoid losing that funding.
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