Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Enrollment Planning Update
May 16, 2012
Updated Fall 2012 New Student Projections
- Freshmen - 4,230; up from 3,987 in Fall 2011
- Transfers - 4,000; up from 2,685 in Fall 2011
- Grads/Postbaccs - 1,600; guess; too early to be sure; trend is down from 1,799 in Fall 2011
Fall 2012 Registration
As communicated previously, all students are limited to a maximum of 13 units, including waitlisted units, until after SOAR. This strategy of limiting units has been used successfully by at least two other CSU campuses and at UC campuses for several years and was necessary due to: a) the significant increase in new students needed to offset budget cuts, and; b) to make access to classes as equitable as possible.
As a result, FTE and average unit load are down compared with this time last year. All continuing students have now had a chance to register.
Due to the large projected increase in new transfers, seats have been reserved in courses critical for new transfers and will be made available during SOAR. Any reserved seats remaining after SOAR will be open to all students who will be able to register in additional units up to a maximum of 16, including waitlisted units. Requests for unit limit exceptions for graduating seniors and student teachers only are being reviewed by Associate Vice President Mahoney on a case by case basis.
In addition to limiting units and reserving seats for new transfers, six bottlenecked General Education courses were restricted to students graduating in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and to students needing these courses to meet major requirements. Of these courses, those that did not fill once all continuing students had a chance to register are now open to all students.
Enrollment Management Priorities
Despite our ongoing challenges, enrollment priorities remain unchanged (see Enrollment Planning Resources at right). College enrollment managers and department chairs are asked to:
- Monitor course fill rates and available seats before and during SOAR to ensure access to courses students need to make progress to degree.
- Use the interactive enrollment planning report (link below) to determine projected shortages and surpluses of seats.
- Review schedules to ensure fall offerings fit within budget parameters recently provided by Assistant Vice President Marianne Hata.
- Monitor seats reserved for new transfers and fill rates.
- Ensure incoming freshmen receive full schedules of classes appropriate to their needs.
- Continue to monitor enrollment as registration progresses to identify potential problems and inform Helen Batchelor of developments.
- Spring schedule building began May 4.
- CSULB will be closed to Spring admission, with few exceptions.
- Spring 2013 enrollment will be about 1% below Spring 2012.
- Spring targets have been posted but remain tentative.
See enrollment planning resources on Institutional Research and Assessment's website.
Enrollment Planning Resources
- Courses students need immediately to meet graduation requirements.
- In fall and spring terms, full schedules of classes for recently admitted first-time freshmen.
- Major, General Education, prerequisite and service courses that students need to make progress to degree with pent up unmet demand and greater than 95% fill rate in recent prior terms.
- Other high demand major, General Education, and service courses that students need to make progress to degree that are high demand (80-95% fill rate in recent prior terms).
- Other courses that students need to make progress to degree as resources permit.