Semester Conversion workshop series has begun

By Brent Spivey

One sweet treat this Halloween season can be found on the new Student Success Central website, which routes students to the academic calendar, advising resources and support resources.

The Semester Conversion Office also updated its website to help students stay up-to-date with conversion specific information.

Beginning in late October and early November, students will begin to see published guides, course curriculums and a handbook that will help in the conversion process.

Ask your advisor about the current semester conversion information guide highlighting a help toolbox and what major changes are set to occur following spring 2018.

Students are not the only people subject to the major changes that are set to occur after summer 2018.

Faculty members play a crucial role as informational mediums between the departments and the students.

On Oct. 13, the Semester Conversion Office and Office of Student Success held a workshop for faculty members to prepare for the upcoming winter quarter and ultimately the final transition to the fall 2018 semester.

The Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success Dr. Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez facilitated the workshop with a PowerPoint presentation and handouts that mapped out the information about moving forward with semester conversion.

“[It] gives me heart palpitations every time I see the clock countdown on the front page of the school website because it’s all happening so fast and there’s no turning back now,” said Santiago-Gonzalez.

On Friday, faculty members expressed concerns about Degree Progress Reports (DPR) and winter advising without the semester course curriculums.

A Shadow DPR was introduced by the engineering department and is the only current offline DPR conversion calculator available.

It acts as a checklist during the process of selecting classes this winter.

More information is scheduled to come soon regarding the official semester DPR.

Here’s a tip: To expedite the advising process, make sure your MyPlanners are organized, holds are removed and any grade forgiveness documents are submitted.

For tutorials on DPR and MyPlanner, follow the Bronco Advising Center on Twitter or subscribe to their YouTube channel.

The Semester Conversion Office is also in the process of building a Smart-Planner to solve DPR calculations and convert courses from quarter to semester.

The biggest stressor for students continues to be financial aid, and with the changing budget, students who use FAFSA need to be prepared now more than ever.

Stay on top of workshops because the important dates will be changing and workshops are the best way to get all the information for financial aid.

Many questions, however, can still be answered by the PowerPoint presentation online at Student Success Central.

To students who will be making the conversion: Look to complete lower division GE units, especially area D, identify gaps, prerequisites and co-requisites with advisors.

Student Success Ambassadors are peers located at the Knowledge Center in the library to help as well.

Director of Semester Conversion Dr. Francelina Neto asks for patience with important information, which will be released in the next few weeks.

“Sequence your classes according to your DPR and roadmap while still on the quarter system,” is currently the best advice for students.

It is also important to take sequences into account when creating semester roadmaps to avoid course overlap.

If creating more resources is necessary to optimizing student knowledge, then reach out to BAC advisers for assistance.

“Faster is not fast enough when giving students what they need to be successful throughout semester conversion,” said Neto.

Other semester conversion workshops will be held throughout the school year

Brent Spivey / The Poly Post

Other semester conversion workshops will be held throughout the school year

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