Innovative CSU Pilot Program
Los Angeles, CA - November 3, 1998 - A new program at Cal State L.A. will help qualified students save money and time to graduation. Established by the California State University system at the Cal State L.A. campus only, the Free Summer Quarter Plus (FSQ+) program is scheduled to begin in Summer 1999.
The FSQ+ program can save students as much as one-fourth to one-third of the usual fees associated with obtaining a bachelor's degree from the CSU, depending on the numbers of units taken per quarter and whether the student attends three or four quarters per year. It can also save them time: students who attend year-round have the opportunity to graduate in as little as three years.
"The exciting thing about Cal State L.A.'s FSQ+ program is that it offers participants a totally free summer quarter of study, if they qualify initially and continue to adhere to some basic requirements," says Marie Ver Haar, the program's coordinator. Students must be California residents with a 2.25 GPA or higher who are scheduled to take only college-level courses, and must have at least 48 units remaining to complete their bachelor's degree. Once they are accepted as FSQ+ participants, notes Ver Haar, students must maintain good grades to remain in the program.
First-time freshmen and some transfer FSQ+ students will participate in special "Learning Communities"-student groups taking the same cluster of courses. All FSQ+ students will benefit from priority registration for classes, and will be assigned to specially trained academic advisers. Continuing Cal State L.A. students may also apply for this program.
A recently completed long-range strategic plan for the CSU known as "Cornerstones" sought to address "Tidal Wave II"-the major increases in student enrollment expected over the next decade. A team from Cal State L.A. responded to a call for programs that would maintain and even improve the high quality of a CSU education while moving toward three primary goals: more year-round programs, more effective use of existing facilities, and shortened time to graduation. The resulting FSQ+ proposal was accepted as a model pilot program to be offered at Cal State L.A.
Cal State L.A. began distributing information about the program last Spring in selected high schools, and publicity will occur broadly throughout southern California this month. Applications have already been sent to interested students, and the deadline for applying is March 1, 1999. Officials at Cal State L.A. say that those who apply early will be given some preference.
For further information, contact Marie Ver Haar, (323) 343-FREE (3733).
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