Semester conversion, the new recreation center and parking were on students’ minds during the winter quarter Pizza with the Presidents. University President Michael Ortiz also addressed a couple of questions about his retirement at the end of the year during the Q&A on Feb. 4.
Cal Poly Pomona will adopt the semester calendar beginning Fall 2017. President Ortiz listed several advantages of the semester system:
- Faculty have more time to intervene and help struggling students.
- Students have more time to catch up and improve their grade.
- Students may have an easier transition to graduate programs.
- There are fewer registration and book purchasing periods.
“In the last 20 years, no university has gone from semester to quarter, and every university that has converted has gone from quarter to semester,” Ortiz said. “It’s just a more efficient system and it’s better for our students.”
Provost Marten denBoer urged students to review the university’s Pledge to Students. It states that students should not lose credits or be delayed in graduation as long as they follow their academic plan.
The provost is also holding discussions about calendar conversion and encouraged students to join in. As faculty members move forward in the planning process, more details will be available about the calendar, courses and academic plans.
When the BRIC opens this fall, it will be available to all students, and the fee will be included in their tuition fees. Faculty and staff may join for an additional cost. Operating hours have not yet been finalized.
The complex is expected to hire 150 to 200 students, and more information will be available at RecFest in March 7 and at a job fair in May. Visitors can tour the BRIC during Homecoming Weekend and RecFest.
The university is planning to increase parking with a new parking structure, but Mike Biagi, director of parking and transportation services, encouraged drivers to consider alternatives such as carpooling, riding the Metrolink shuttle, and parking in the overflow lot by the Red Cross building.
The Rideshare Office can match students with a carpool buddy, and they can get preferential parking on campus. Students just need to visit the office and share their class schedule.
For a more detailed summary of Pizza with the Presidents, read the Storify account below: