Countdown to Semester Conversion
The 2017-18 academic year will be the last time Cal Poly Pomona operates under the quarter system. By the time the fall term begins, the university will be on the semester calendar.
Cal Poly Pomona operated on a quarter system since opening its doors in 1938, one of six campuses in the California State University system to make the transition in the next seven years. The merits of a semester system can’t be overlooked, according to University President Soraya M. Coley.
“At its heart, this change will be a gift to future generations,” Coley noted in her letter to the campus community. “The benefits of conversion are very clear, especially in supporting our student success initiatives. The semester system allows for more in-depth projects, richer learning experiences, and closer relationships between faculty and students. A semester calendar better aligns us with other colleges and universities. Virtually all community colleges are on semesters, enabling students to more easily transfer course credits and complete their degree.”
[Editor's Note: A version of this article was originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of ENVirons Magazine.]
The following sections contain semester conversion-related information for the architecture, art, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning programs.