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Benefits for the Institution

Benefits for the Institution

Lower Process Losses

In a semester system there is less time lost to administrative processes. Scheduling courses and classrooms, negotiating contracts, hiring lecturers, admitting new students, registration, and add/drop takes place only twice a year not three times a year. This decrease in process losses makes CPP more efficient and enables already overscheduled administrative staff to direct more time toward long-term projects and responsibilities.

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Decrease in Advising Difficulties

In a semester system transfer credits are easier to determine and are more equitable. In semesters major advising happens twice a year, not three times, which improves efficiency and reduces the load on faculty.

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University Partnerships Enhanced

The ability to work with other institutions to provide base classes is improved in a change to semesters. This creates horizontal learning opportunities with other institutions and enhanced learning partnerships.

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Add/Drop Issues Improved

Semesters provide more time for add/drops and for registration. It also allows better control of students who have failed prerequisites registering in subsequent classes because in a semester system, grades from previous courses are recorded well in advance of the subsequent semester, providing the registrar more time to remove students from courses they are not qualified to take.

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Improved Graduate Admissions

The quarter system delays graduate studies admissions in many programs. This means Cal Poly Pomona is less competitive for the best graduate students because our acceptance date is later than other programs.

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Opportunity to Refresh Programs

A change to semesters creates an opportunity for all programs to consider their curriculums and to refresh all programs at CPP.

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Retention of Tenure-Track and Recently Hired Faculty

The future of the institution hinges on its ability to retain tenure-track and recently hired faculty. Recent full-time hires clearly state their preference for semesters over quarters because of increased time for scholarship, better work-life balance, and improvement in student learning. This is an important argument in support of the change to semesters since these recent hires are the future of Cal Poly Pomona; the risk of losing these faculty due to the additional stresses of the quarter system adds to a tenuous situation.

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Possibility of Winter Intersession

Conversion to semesters allows CPP to offer Winter Intersession courses between the Fall and Spring quarters. This creates an additional opportunity for the institution to provide graduation opportunities for students, and creates a further potential revenue opportunity.

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