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Calendar conversion principles and strategies.

Delivering on our promise, upholding our pledge

Introduction

When President Destler announced that we would convert our academic calendar to the semester model, he stated that "Principle Number One in the transition will be to protect all students from any harm during the change from quarters to semesters. Specifically, we must ensure that no student suffers any loss of progress toward a degree during the transition; that no student's graduation will be delayed as we make the change from quarters to semesters; and that no student will see any increase in tuition or fees related to the transition."

In order to deliver on the President's promise. It is essential that we define what is meant by transition student:

For the purpose of calendar conversion, a transition student is a student that is matriculated at RIT, is registered for courses or co-op during the 2012 – 2013 academic year, and is projected to complete his/her degree requirements after the start of the Fall semester of 2013 – 2014.

As we move towards the 2013 – 2014 Academic Year, which will be our first in the semester calendar, department chairs, undergraduate program coordinators, graduate program directors and academic advisors will play an important role in the delivery of calendar conversion transition services to our students. To ensure that we uphold our pledge in a coordinated and responsible fashion, the following five tasks have been identified:

  1. Student advisement and Individual Academic Plan generation (IAP)
  2. Mapping of quarter programs to semester programs
  3. General education course mapping
  4. Program-specific advisement guide
  5. Resource estimation

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