Course Viability

Proposed courses must meet minimum enrollment targets in order to be offered during Summer Session. Decisions about which classes proceed are made a few weeks in advance of Summer Session by Continuing and Global Education staff, using information provided by Faculty Affairs. 

Summer Session classes are offered on a self-supporting basis. The revenue generated by student enrollment must offset the course expenditures, which include instructor pay and mandatory state and CSU expenditure deductions. Per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CSU and CFA, salary may be reduced if less than 20 students are enrolled in a class. See the Instructor Pay page for more information about the salary schedule. 

Viability Decisions

On May 23-24, 2018, Continuing and Global Education will freeze Summer Session registration to review classes for viability. Instructors will be contacted via email with an update on their class(es) at that time.

A salary estimate will be included in the email if the class can be offered. See the Instructor Pay page for more information. If a Summer Session class is cancelled, students will receive automatic refunds.

Classes will be available for student’s to view in MyFresnoState and on the Continuing and Global Education website in advance of the registration period. Once registration opens, students will have approximately two months to enroll in classes before cancellation decisions are made.

Getting the Word Out

In March, Summer Session instructors will receive two large posters that they can hang up to promote their courses.

For best results, we advise that instructors and department chairs consider the following:

  • Coordinate course offerings: Do not offer too many sections of the same class during May-June Intersession and Summer Session. Too many sections may result in cannibalized enrollment and cancelled courses. If multiple sections are being offered, we recommend spacing out the courses or offering different formats (e.g. face-to-face and online sections).
  • Scheduling Courses: Schedule your course for days and times that will attract as many students as possible. Remember, Summer Session courses can be scheduled at any time within the 9-week term. 
  • Offer high-demand courses: General Education and “W” courses are often popular, but so are “bottleneck” courses, such as core requirements for degree programs. Please keep in mind, however, that students cannot and should not be required to enroll in Summer Session in order to advance toward graduation.
  • Inform your students: Make sure that students in your department are aware of all Summer Session course offerings and how they can help them progress toward degree completion.
  • Keep external populations in mind: Summer Session is open to all individuals who meet course prerequisites. Community members can enroll in Summer Session just as easily as Fresno State students. If you know of a community member or group who might be interested in a course, let them know when registration opens. Continuing and Global Education can assist community members with registration, if needed.
  • Schedule "W" courses for six weeks or longer: "W" courses must meet for at least 6 weeks. Double-check course proposals when planning your summer offerings.