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Semester Conversion Pledge to Students

Pledge to Undergraduate Students

In planning and implementing its conversion from quarters to semesters for summer 2012, The Ohio State University is committed to
protecting the academic progress of students.

How Ohio State Will Protect Students’ Academic Progress:

  1. Students completing a quarter-plus-semester degree program will receive approximately the same amount of instruction as under a quarter calendar. 
  2. Full-time tuition (general and instructional fees) for an academic year under semesters will not cost more than tuition for that same year would have cost under quarters.
  3. The change should not adversely affect students’ financial aid.
  4. Academic units will continue to provide intentional, purposeful advising. 
  5. Good planning around a student’s major will be particularly important, and the university will provide that support to students who begin their academic career under quarters and complete it under semesters.

The Importance of Advising:

Students will vary considerably in their academic progress, and each student’s plan for completing degree requirements will need to be determined individually. This means that students and their advisors must work together to develop effective plans leading to timely graduation as the university converts to semesters. Academic advisors will understand how the changes in courses and curricula may affect students’ degree programs, will know where and how programs can be flexible, and will be prepared to assist students in planning their remaining time to graduation.

What Students Must Do to Protect Their Academic Progress:

  1. decide on their major and degree within a time compatible with four-year graduation;
  2. meet the standards for progress defined by their academic unit and continue to complete appropriate course loads successfully; and
  3. actively develop and follow academic plans in consultation with their academic advisors.