Archive for the ‘1998 Fall’ Category

Fall 1999 Application Period Closed For First-Time Freshman

Wednesday, December 15th, 1999

December 15, 1998

Joe Wills

Fall 1999 Application Period Closed For First-Time Freshman

Due to an increase in applications, California State University, Chico has closed fall 1999 admissions for first-time freshman and lower-division transfer students as of today, Dec. 15.

Fall 1999 admissions remain open for graduate students, international students, upper-division transfer students and Educational Opportunity Program students.

Lower-division transfers are students who have fewer than 56 units; upper-division transfers have 56 or more units. Educational Opportunity Program students are historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.

CSU, Chico received 8,200 undergraduate applications from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 for fall 1999 enrollment, a 37-percent increase over that same period last year, when 6,000 applications were received. Last yearÕs applications were up 8 percent over the previous year.

Traditionally, the priority filing period for fall enrollment opens Nov. 1. In last yearÕs enrollment cycle, the first-time freshman application period for fall 1998 closed March 16th. That was the first time the University had cut off applications by reaching its enrollment target since 1990.

The undergraduate application period for the spring 1999 semester closed Aug. 31.

Robert Hannigan, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, said the application-period closure is needed so that current students can obtain the classes they need to graduate in a timely manner. He also said the University bases its budgeting on a year-to-year student enrollment figure, and exceeding that enrollment would limit the UniversityÕs ability to provide educational resources students require.

Enrollment for the fall 1998 semester at CSU, Chico was 14,982. Fall 1997 enrollment was 14,248.

Hannigan said the increase in applications to CSU, Chico is beyond the well-reported overall increase in the number of high school-age students in California.

“I’m really excited that our campus-wide efforts to increase the size and quality of our applicant pool coordinated by Linda MacMichael and the Admissions Office staff are showing results,” said Hannigan. “This application increase will enable the University to focus on its long-term enrollment goals, student persistence and student success. Enrollment management spans this entire range of student experience and I’m very please with our initial efforts throughout the campus.”

Students with any questions about applying to CSU, Chico can contact the Office of Admissions at 1-530-898-6321 or 1-800-542-4426.


CSU, Chico Leads CSU Campuses In Offering Unique Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program

Wednesday, December 9th, 1998

December 9, 1998

Joe Wills
Joe Picard
Center for Regional and Continuing Education

CSU, Chico Leads CSU Campuses In Offering Unique Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program

California State University, Chico is leading five CSU campuses in offering a collaborative Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree, the first in the nation to be offered by a consortium of universities. The program is currently enrolling students for the 1999 summer session.

The new five-campus consortium is comprised of CSU Chico, Hayward, Northridge, Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As the lead campus, CSU, Chico will receive and process applications, coordinate admissions functions, provide graduate program coordination and arrange for multicampus advising.

The MFA in Creative Writing is a flexible, part-time degree program for students to develop their art in association with serious, like-minded peers.

A unique feature of the program is the low-residency component involving two, three-week summer sessions offered on consortium campuses on a rotating basis. This provides students an intensive group environment during summer without the inconvenience of a full academic load or the expense of permanent relocation closer to a particular university. It also provides expanded access to the academic resources of each of the consortium campuses.

The MFA in Creative Writing is a terminal degree program for writers, equivalent to doctoral degree programs. It requires 50 units of specified course work, focusing on poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and playwriting, which will take between three and seven years to complete. The MFA program is expected to enroll 24 students in the inaugural year. Approval is pending by CSU, Chico’s accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Throughout the year faculty and students will use the Internet to exchange work and initiate readings and discussions. Off-site academic advising and degree coordination will be accomplished primarily through electronic mail and two-way video conferencing.

“The new MFA in Creative Writing is an excellent terminal degree program that responds to the needs of writers in the West,” said CSU, Chico Provost Scott McNall. “We are pleased that the reputations of our own creative writing faculty have made it possible for Chico to serve as the lead campus in this new ground-breaking CSU collaboration.”

“We will be offering creative writing students the best resources available in the CSU,” said Robert Jackson, dean of CSU, Chico’s School of Graduate, International and Sponsored Programs. “The MFA in Creative Writing program will be a unique experience.”

California State University, Chico is a comprehensive institution offering 122 bachelor’s and 36 master’s degrees in a variety of subjects. Established in 1887, CSU, Chico, is the second oldest institution in the 23-campus California State University system. There are approximately 14,000 full-time students with 568 full-time and 322 part-time faculty members.

CSU, Chico has been offering credit courses in an accelerated summer session since 1919. A master’s in English with a Creative Writing thesis option has been offered since 1986. Chico has a long history of providing distance learning, delivering a variety of courses and programs statewide, nationally and internationally.

For details of the program, visit the MFA in Creative Writing Consortium Web site, To apply for the 1999 Summer Session, write the School of Graduate Programs, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0875, or call (530) 898-6880. For further information, contact Carole Oles, MFA coordinator: e-mail,; phone, (530) 898-5240.