BERKELEY — Officials at the University of California at Berkeley say they are
pleased with preliminary enrollment numbers, which show that a record number of students have signed up to take summer courses.
The university's summer session starts Tuesday. Figures collected so far indicate that nearly 40 percent of those enrolled will be students at UC universities, marking a record.
The figure is based on enrollment data, which show that so far 9,000 students have signed up to participate in the five schooling sessions offered during the summer. On average, 25 percent of those who enroll in summer sessions are students from UC Berkeley or other UC schools.
The numbers are encouraging, summer school officials say, because it could help meet the university's goals of providing education to the so-called “Tidal Wave II” students -- which will add as many as 60,000 students, a 40 percent increase, to the UC system by 2010.
Officials say that summer session enrollment is one way that the school can offer services to more students while maintaining a manageable size and meeting enrollment caps reached in agreements with the city of Berkeley
Officials say that a reason for the spike in summer enrollment may be that the state legislature once again has provided money that allows the university to waive the $325 dollar enrollment and lab fees for UC students.