Program lets students take online courses at other CSU campuses

Students at SF State can now take online courses at other California State University campuses, thanks to a new program from the CSU designed to increase access to courses students need to graduate.

A close up photo of a student using a laptop computer.

The Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) program, available to students this fall, makes thirty-six online courses offered throughout the CSU system available to any enrolled CSU student. Courses available for Fall 2013 range from American politics and life sciences to the history of rock and roll. The program is funded by $17 million in state money allocated for online education.

Jo Volkert, interim vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, says ICE will help students get closer to graduation and free up space in high demand classes.

"This program harnesses the power of the 23-campus system to give all students better access to classes they need," said Volkert. "By allowing students to take courses across the system, it will also hopefully relieve some of the bottlenecks in on-campus classes."

Students enrolled in ICE pay tuition fees and campus fees to their home campus based on the total number of units for which he or she is registered, both at the home campus and at the host campus where the online course is offered. Nonresident fees are paid to the host campus. Academic records for classes taken through ICE are maintained at the host campus, and students can request transcripts to be sent to their home campus as proof of course completion.

Three online courses at SF State have been made available through the ICE program. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty said the University would monitor the success of the program before deciding whether to increase that number.

Students are currently limited to taking only one course through concurrent enrollment. SF State students interested in taking a course through ICE must submit an application to the SF State Registrar's Office between Aug. 12 and 23. To browse course listings, view eligibility requirements and fill out an application, visit

-- Jonathan Morales