Students may already have concerns about the transition to semesters and what steps they should be taking. For now, the simplest answer is for them to talk to their advisor regularly. In doing so, students will ensure they are making sufficient progress towards their intended degree within an appropriate timeframe. Students still deciding on a major, or changing a major, must consult with an advisor to create a plan that allows finishing course work efficiently. The university intends to ensure if students seek advising and fulfills student obligations, the transition to semesters will not extend the amount of time needed to complete their degree. For further details, the University has created a Pledge to Students.
2016-2018 will be dedicated to adapting all of our academic programs for the semester calendar. Once these programs are approved, each program will provide a transition plan for students. These plans will include bridges/bridge courses for students who started in the quarter calendar and finish in the semester calendar. This information will be made readily available to students online, through advising, and from academic department offices.
As we get closer to the semester calendar, advisors will be provided with detailed information regarding the effects of the transition on students. As always, it is important for students to attend advising session regularly to ensure they are on the best path. With the transition, advising will become more prominent in the success of students starting under one calendar and finishing under another.