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Background

Background

  1. Why is the campus moving forward with conversion at this time?
  2. Have we always been a quarter-campus?
  3. What other CSU campuses are on the quarter system? Are there other CSU quarter-based campuses that are considering a conversion to a semester system?
  4. Are other universities in the state and country changing their academic calendars?

1. Why is the campus moving forward with conversion at this time?

The campus considered conversion in 2010-11. An Ad Hoc Committee on Potential Academic Calendar Conversion (AHCPACC) was created. The committee recommended conversion to semester (see report in Documents tab), but the Senate voted not to pursue conversion at that time due to lack of adequate funding for the exercise. In 2013, Chancellor Tim White agreed to pay a substantial proportion of the funding, and the campus leadership made the decision to move forward.

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2. Have we always been a quarter-campus?

Yes. Cal Poly Pomona has been on the quarter system since our 1938 founding date.

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3. What other CSU campuses are on the quarter system? Are there other CSU quarter-based campuses that are considering a conversion to a semester system?

A total of six campuses (including CPP) are on a quarter calendar. The other 17 CSU campuses are on semesters. All of the quarter campuses will convert to semesters in the next 7 years.

  1. Los Angeles and Bakersfield have started the process to convert to semesters.
  2. San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino have requested to participate in the last wave of conversions.
  3. East Bay: timeline unknown.

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4. Are other universities in the state and country changing their academic calendars?

Of the 48 contiguous states, 40 state systems (83%) operate on a semester system and 5 state systems (10%) operate on a quarter system. Alabama, California, and Ohio have a more uncoordinated public higher education system in which some public institutions operate on a semester and others on a quarter calendar.

All campuses in the UC system are on the quarter system with the exception of Berkeley and Merced. In 2003 UCLA decided not to convert from quarters to semesters.

While many universities in California are on the quarter system, the nationwide trend is moving from quarters to semesters. In the 1980s about 25% were on quarter calendars and it is estimated that by 2012 less than 10% will be using the quarter system.

In Ohio all state institutions on the quarter system are converting to semesters to be in alignment with the other state universities. All 2-year institutions will be on a semester calendar by Fall 2012. Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State are currently converting from quarters to semesters.

In February 2010 Rochester Institute of Technology announced its decision to convert to semesters in Fall 2013.

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Questions/Comments

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