By Brent Spivey
On the front page of the school website, the fall 2018 semester countdown is digitally placed in the top right corner of the screen, and though this may alarm the ill prepared, careful planning by the Office of Semester Conversion has been the foundation of campus unification.
“Ill prepared” does not appear to be trending across campus knowledge when tackling semester conversion.
Online access to timelines has eased the minds of underclassmen who will have to make the transition.
Internet savvy third-year public relations student, Ana Rakocevic, boasts a healthy “5/5” knowledge about the transition.
However, the concerns about a prolonged graduation date is one thing that is “bummin’ [Ana] out.”
Fourth-year management and human resources student, Jennifer Soles, agrees as she expresses her comfortability as “5/5” when discussing semester conversion.
“I understand how it’s going to work but would not like to be a part of it,” said Soles.
“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,” reads a message preluding President Soraya M. Coley’s address.
Students looking to stay on track before semester conversion are encouraged to take full advanatge of their advisors.
MyPlanner and IAPs are also important graduation prerequisites to discuss with advisors.
For those who need assistance or maybe just a refresher, workshops are available all throughout the year to promote a strong understanding of what is expected from students and faculty.
“There are a total of seven workshops already prepared for students and faculty to help them learn about how the transition to semester conversion will work,” said Director of Semester Conversion Dr. Francelina A. Neto.”There are four of those workshops occurring this October.”
The first upcoming event will be on Oct. 6 in Building 163 room 2015, which will feature a joint conversation session with Cal State Los Angeles colleagues.
The second event features advisor and faculty training on Oct. 13 and will also recur on Oct. 27.
The third event will be on Oct. 20 and will highlight the fall academic council meeting and provide further semester conversion training.
When thinking about semester and quarter unites, Neto urges students to think of courses and units as “different.”
“Courses don’t have direct correspondence to meeting course requirements,” said Neto.
Departments and course catalogs, which will be accessible later this quarter, will be changing to fit the updated semester curriculum.
The priority has been and always will be preventing harm to the students. Now it’s up to the students to reciprocate it by utilizing the multi-platform resources to their advantage.
Neto is no stranger to the pros and cons of both the semester system and the quarter system because she studied under both of them.
The semester system offers students more time to digest information and a worthwhile study abroad experience opportunity.
There is nothing perfect about either program but changing to the semester system offers less fluctuation and also allows students equal opportunity when applying for internships.
To alleviate doubt during the process, Neto encourages students to read the “cause no harm to students” pledge and to participate in the Student Success
Center located in Building 5 room 228.
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Students and faculty can contact Dr. Neto at firstname.lastname@example.org
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