CSUB students get access to more classes through online offerings

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The California State University system is unveiling its new plan to offer online courses across the system, to give students access to more classes.

Some classes were cut when the budget was slashed several years ago, leaving students struggling to get into the classes they need.

"Math 140. That class is always full," said Ana Karen Martinez on Thursday. She is a student at California State University, Bakersfield.

"I think it's a good idea," Martinez said, referring to the online classes. "I think it will help students graduate faster, so they don't have to wait until the class is actually offered here."

The courses will be available to students who have already been accepted and enrolled for fall of 2013.

More than 36 different online classes will be offered in the fall, but to have access to them, the school you take the class through must be on the same time schedule as the one you attend. For example, if you attend CSUB, which is on a quarter system, you would only be able to register for classes from other campuses that are also on a quarter system.

There are 23 campus in the CSU system.

Irma Cervantes, CSUB public affairs coordinator, said it's important for students to communicate with their academic advisers.

"We do urge students to speak to an adviser before they register to make sure that those classes are going to give them credit for what they need towards their degree," said Cervantes.

She said this program also offers more diversity in the courses available to students.

"It just is really going to broaden your educational horizon," Cervantes said.

The online courses will cost the same as other courses offered at CSUB.