The Cal Poly Pomona Semester Conversion Steering Committee has begun high-level planning for the campus’s transition from a quarter calendar to a semester schedule.
Seven subcommittees have been identified in Administrative Services, Advising, Communications, Curriculum Coordination, Enrollment Services, Faculty Affairs and Information Technology. As the subcommittees begin to take shape, special care will be taken to include students throughout the process.
The target date for the semester conversion has been moved to fall 2018, which will provide academic departments and administrative offices more time for development, reflection and coordination. The news was announced in a joint email to faculty and staff from Francelina Neto, director of the Semester Conversion Initiative and chair of the steering committee, and Marten denBoer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
They noted that academic departments will take this opportunity to review courses, programs, degrees and learning outcomes, as well as make critical decisions that will shape the university’s academic direction for years to come.
The full email announcement is online.
About Semester Conversion
The semester conversion is a CSU-wide initiative to have all 23 campuses on a similar calendar. Cal Poly Pomona is among six CSU campuses that will be converting from quarters to semesters. The semester schedule will provide for deeper, more meaningful student projects, richer learning experiences, and extended time to develop mentoring relationships between students and faculty. In addition, it will better align Cal Poly Pomona’s academic schedule with the vast majority of California community colleges, opening up more opportunities for efficiency and collaboration.
Throughout the conversion process, Cal Poly Pomona will focus its efforts on student success. Students should not lose credits toward their degree nor extend their expected time to graduation because of the conversion process. Before the transition to semesters in fall 2018, the university will provide advising and support for students to complete individual academic plans. The university will also ensure that financial aid and annual tuition fees on the semester calendar stay similar to the quarter calendar.
To learn more about the initiative, visit the Semester Conversion website.