Cal Poly Pomona is well underway in its conversion to the semester calendar, with the go-live date of fall 2018. The semester schedule will provide for deeper, more meaningful student projects, richer learning experiences, and extended time to develop mentoring relationships between students and faculty.
In addition, the calendar will better align Cal Poly Pomona’s academic schedule with the vast majority of California community colleges, opening up more opportunities for efficiency and collaboration. Semester conversion creates an opportunity to review the curricula to ensure that they are current and to increase opportunities for students to engage in activities that prepare them to meet the needs of the 21st century.
The university is undertaking this project thoughtfully, with great care for the concerns of students, faculty and staff. Over the next few years, faculty and staff will be hard at work on semester conversion, redesigning academic programs to serve students effectively.
The first phase is curriculum redesign. Academic departments started curriculum development for the semester calendar in summer 2014. All departments submitted course and program pre-proposals in February for approval by their College Curriculum Committee. Faculty members are developing extended course outlines for the new, revisioned, and general education courses, to be submitted in the spring quarter. View the detailed timeline for more dates and information.
The next steps in curriculum preparation will consist of approval for courses and programs at the college, Academic Senate, President, and Chancellor’s Office levels, as necessary,. Faculty will be working at the department level to create paths for student advising. A variety of tools will be used in academic departments and by staff advisors to help students in the advising process. The conversion advising sub-committee is working on an advising timeline and work frame for this process, which will involve consultation with faculty and staff advisors.
SUMMARY OF TIMELINE
- May 1, 2015: Academic departments submit final course proposals of revisioned and discontinued courses.
- June 1, 2015: Academic departments submit final course proposals of general education courses.
- Oct. 9, 2015:
- Academic departments submit final program proposals.
- Colleges and Academic Senate committees review courses and programs.
- March 10, 2017: Finish review of courses and programs by Academic Senate and/or University Curriculum Committee, as required.
- Sept. 15, 2017: 2018-19 Catalog ready for advising use.
- Fall 2017: Applications for fall 2018 semester received.
- Fall 2018: Classes begin in semester calendar.