California State University students enrolling in fall courses were offered a new option this year to help them complete course work and degrees on time: online classes.
The college system now offers 33 courses online under a program known as Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment. The courses, which are being offered for the first time this fall, were put in place as a way to provide more access to students.
Jo Volkert, interim vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at San Francisco State University, said the online option is meant to supplement regular courses.
"The idea is if a student needs one course and on his or her campus it's not available, they can look online," Volkert said. "Because it's online so you can take it from anywhere."
The pilot program is available to students at any campus so long as they are in good standing, which means they aren't on academic probation or had disciplinary actions.
But in order to avoid complications, students who are attending a California State University school that is on a semester schedule can only enroll in a course offered by another school on a semester schedule. The same is true for schools on a quarter schedule. Additionally, interested students can only enroll in one online course per semester, which could increase in the future.
San Francisco State is offering two labor courses and an American politics course, according to the online schedule.
Systemwide enrollment figures for the courses won't be available for some time, according to Mike Uhlenkamp, spokesman for the CSU system.
As of Monday, only one course was full, an upper-division nutrition course based out of CSU Fullerton. As the option continues to grow, CSU will monitor what courses to offer and where.
Uhlenkamp said enrollment will not be huge right away.
"It was a process getting it together, so for right now we are trying to make sure students are aware of it and market it as appropriate," he said.