Students enjoyed pizza, played games and asked questions about semester conversion at their individual colleges during Pizza with the Presidents last Tuesday.
In past quarters the event was held as a cumulative gathering in the University Quad but the change was made to give students a chance to ask more relative questions that were relative to each college rather than the entire campus.
At the College of Education and Integrative Studies, advisors and other faculty came together to meet with students and answer questions about graduation and semester conversion.
Transfer and graduation advisor Deborah Goman started off by congratulating the students for being accepted to Cal Poly Pomona and followed by sharing some advice.
“Don’t take anything for granted, do your best and know you have lots of resources on campus to help you,” Goman said.
Sandy Dixon, chair of the Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies, assured students they had nothing to worry about when it comes to the upcoming system change.
“This institution has made a commitment to each of you that you won’t miss a step through all of this,” Dixon said.
“We’ve been working behind the scenes to make that [transition] smooth so you don’t need to worry.”
Although not many students raised their hands to ask questions, the faculty present did not hesitate to get out as much information as possible.
Several components of the semester conversion were covered, such as how many units students would need to reach senior standing and be eligible for graduation.
According to third-year gender, ethnic and multicultural studies student Cynthia Paredes, the event was still helpful even though a lot a ground was covered in a short time span.
“The amount of information the administration gives you at once is a lot to take in,” said Paredes. “Overall the event was good because it gave students easier first-hand access to the information.”
Faculty explained that incoming first year students would need to take 30 units each semester year to be considered ‘on track’ for graduation in four years.
Most students will need to take a total of 120 units to graduate regardless of the program they are in.
Unlike events in the past, University President Soraya Coley and Associated Students, Inc. President Farris Hamza visited each college to quickly meet with the awaiting students and faculty members rather than having the extended time with the whole group.
The president did not take any questions herself, but she took the time to thank the faculty and to take pictures with the group.
Paredes stated she liked the event more than former Pizza with the Presidents because of its intimate setting with the president.
“She feels more human at this event because we were in a smaller group of people in a smaller space,” Paredes said.
The event revealed that early childhood studies students were in luck when it came to semester conversion because their transition would be the easiest.
The program was developed with the department knowing about the quarter to semester change, and was set up accordingly.
Students not only got to play a raffle at the event to win Bronco Bucks, but they received information about another game they could play on their own time to win bigger prizes.
The Game is a three-level game card available at the Bronco Advising Center.
Each level offers different prizes, such as movie tickets and a CPP parking pass.
The game card was only one of the flyers handed out at the event.
Students received a quarter to semester conversion handbook.
Multiple topics about the semester conversion are covered in it, such as tuition costs and course scheduling.
Tuition in the semester system will be a bit different than in the quarter system because students will only pay tuition costs twice per year instead of three times.
Faculty put an emphasis on students reaching out to the academic advisors with questions concerning the conversion for easier access to the information on an individual basis.
Students were also assured that there would not be a loss of credits between the quarter and semester systems.
However, units earned under the quarter system are going to be divided by 1.5 once converted to semester units.
For any further questions about semester conversion, students can visit their advisors or go to the Bronco Advising Center for help.
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