By Brent Spivey
According to the first two bullet points of the semester conversion pledge, Cal Poly Pomona promises the following:
” There should be no loss of credits applied to students’ degree requirements earned before the semester conversion.
” The time to graduation should be the same as would have been the case had Cal Poly Pomona remained on the quarter system.
The Bronco Advising Center (BAC) held a Semester Conversion Workshop on Oct. 25 to offer in-person help to prepare for winter 2018 registration and semester conversion.
Students who RSVP’d for the event came in waves to learn more about the transition and to receive important tools and resources that have been readily at their fingertips.
Communications Specialist for the Office of Student Success Zoe Lance wants every student to leave with confidence following each workshop.
“There’s no need to panic. Everything is going to be okay; we care deeply about your success and want you to transition smoothly to semesters,” Lance said.
“We want to empower you to use our academic planning tools like the Degree Progress Report and MyPlanner. Ask for help along the way; don’t rely on friends for advising. There are academic advisers who will cater to your specific situation.”
The workshop efficiently laid out all the print material guides, engaged students in a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” game with prizes and provided Qdoba burritos for dinner.
“This is not the only or last presentation we’ll give about semester conversion. We’re already planning November workshops on different days and times to catch more students,” Lance said.
“We’ll advertise these workshops widely via CPP email and social media.”
The BAC isn’t the only facilitator of emails crucial to the semester conversion success; academic departments are also involved in deciding what course route to take during winter and spring 2018.
Prior to the event, second-year mechanical engineering student Alexander Kimble expressed his concerns about overlapping and properly sequencing classes.
“I don’t want to take a classes I don’t need,” Kimble said.
However, by revisiting the advising center and reading the department emails, they diminished any doubts Kimble had about the process.
The BAC emails have laid out must-knows tips for students which include the following:
” Check your Degree Progress Report to see your remaining degree requirements, especially if you’re close to graduation.
” Turn in any academic petitions and paperwork, such as Grade Forgiveness. If you have any paperwork to do, don’t wait until the last minute.
” Attend a one-on-one or group advising session with your academic advisor. To find your faculty or staff advisor, visit Student Success Central’s advising directory.
” Take at least 15 units every quarter to keep you on track to graduate in four years (if you’re a freshman) or two years (if you’re a transfer student).
” Plan to continue or finish any sequences you’ve started to avoid complications after the conversion.
” Finish any lower-division General Education areas you’ve started, especially Area D. This will make your transition smoother. If you don’t finish the lower-division GE sections you’ve started before semester conversion, don’t worry — you’ll work with your academic advisor to come up with a plan. General Education requirements are changing slightly in semesters, especially Area D.
The emails are expected to continue through November, but students should not ignore them.
Students should take the information seriously because they are sent out to help students stay on track.
Attending events like the Semester Conversion Workshop has a direct effect on student success.
Third-year biology student Stephanie Martinez expressed her concerns about medical school prerequisites, and if different courses were going to prevent her credits from properly transferring to that specific program.
“I am planning to graduate spring 2019 and apply for medical school, and I had been nervous that the conversion would prolong my graduation,” Martinez said. “But they assured me that my courses will show up, and I won’t have to repeat classes.”
Keep in mind that the year you entered CPP is equivalent to the course curriculum sheet you should be referencing to stay on track toward graduation.
Students will not be required to take anything more than what their course curriculum sheet checklist says.
For additional advising, visit the Bronco Advising Center located on the second floor of the CLA building.
Brent Spivey / The Poly Post
Roughly 100 students were in attendance at the workshop last Wednesday.
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