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.  To help, here is an overview of the Q2S transition.
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.
The current Semester courses and programs are in the final stages of approval.  1-year quarter roadmaps (2019-2020), semester roadmaps (starting Fall 2020) and translation tables (i.e. that show a comparison of quarter programs to semester programs) can all be found on the Semester Conversion tab on the Advising website.
Additional resources, such as the Course Conversion Guide and an updated Degree Audit (PAWs) with semester programs/courses will be available in Fall 2019.
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.