Semester Conversion Information by gabyion



               Approved by the
    Semester Conversion Steering Committee
               Semester Conversion

                 Table of Contents

   Steering
   Curriculum Review
   Communication

Academic Guidelines

Course and Program Approval Process


Frequently Asked Questions


Ohio Board of Regents / Standards of Approval of Associate
Degree Programs


                         STEERING COMMITTEE

   Coordinate the overall process

   Establish timetable for conversion

   Develop academic guidelines to govern course and curriculum conversion

   Review any new policies and/or procedures related to conversion

   Provide guidance and support for student advising related to conversion

   Provide advice and guidance on necessary administrative actions to effect
    a smooth transition from quarters to semesters

   Provide advice and guidance on effects of conversion on important
    student services

   Establish teams as needed

   Ensure consistency of documents


   Ensure that academic conversion guidelines are followed in each
    academic program

   Establish a process to evaluate course changes and prepare final course
    revision proposals for Curriculum Committee/CASA action

   Review and recommend appropriate action on any requested variances
    from the academic conversion guidelines


   Develop information campaign to inform students, staff, and public about
    the conversion

   Coordinate the campaign to ensure a consistent message

   Work closing with oversight committee to obtain information

                        ACADEMIC GUIDELINES

   Courses will be 3 credit hour / 3 contact hour—exceptions must be
    supported by pedagogy issues and reference to similar courses at transfer
    or sister institutions

   No student will be required to complete more equivalent hours nor be
    required to take longer to graduate under the semester system

   Curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science and the Associate of
    Applied Business

       o Will equal 60 – 66 semester hours (equivalent to 90 - 99 quarter

       o 30 semester hours of technical studies (OBR guideline)

       o 28 semester hours in non-technical studies (OBR guideline)
                   Oral communication
                   Written communication
                   Social and behavioral science
                   Art / humanities
             Basic related courses (could include math and science here)
             Minimum of 3 semester hours Mathematics (Terra guideline)
             Minimum of 3 semester hours Computer Science (Terra

       o Every technology must meet the minimum hours; some may have
         more than the minimum if required by an accrediting body

       o A technical major consists of 12 to 16 semester credit hours and
         constitutes an area of specialization

       o Technical electives in every program

       o By definition, courses offered through technical departments are
         technical courses and must be counted either as basic related or
         technical in the OBOR program format

   Curriculum for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science (p.5
    Appendix A. OBR Manual)

       o minimum of 60 semester hours (equivalent to 90 quarter hours)
         and in compliance with Ohio Board of Regents guidelines

Associate of Arts                     Minimum Requirement
English Composition and Literature          6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences              10 credits
Arts and Humanities                         10 credits
Natural Sciences and/or Mathematics          9 credits
Total Minimum Requirements                  35 credits

Concentration (Terra guideline)            12 credits

Associate of Science                  Minimum Requirement
English Composition and Literature          6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences              10 credits
Arts and Humanities                         9 credits
Sciences and Mathematics                    10 credits
Total Minimum Requirements                  35 credits

Concentration (Terra guideline)            12 credits

                                    TRANSFER MODULE

TERRA COMMUNITY COLLEGE – as of July 26, 2004
Quarter Hours

     Field              General Education      Additional           Additional
                    Requirements Applied to TM General              General
                                               Education            Education
                                               Requirements         Requirements
                                                                    Beyond the TM
                                                                    for Graduation
English             *4   ENG   105
                    *4   ENG   106
                     4   ENG   190
Minimum              4   SPE   201 **
5 qtr               *Requirement for Graduation
Mathematics         4   MTH   201   5   MTH   226
                    4   MTH   218   5   MTH   227
                    4   MTH   219   5   MTH   230
Minimum             4   MTH   220   4   MTH   231
3 qtr               5   MTH   225   5   MTH   250

Arts and            4   ART   101   4   ENG   264
Humanities          4   ART   103   4   HUM   201
                    4   ART   105   4   HIS   101   4   MUS   101
                    4   ENG   135   4   HIS   102   4   MUS   111
Minimum             4   ENG   205   4   HIS   103   4   MUS   213
9 qtr               4   ENG   230   4   HIS   105   4   MUS   215
                    4   ENG   240   4   HIS   106   4   PHL   101
                    4   ENG   255   4   HUM   101
                    (Select from at least two areas.)
Social              4   ECO   201   4   PSY   121   4 PSY 241
Science             4   ECO   202   4   PSY   136   4 SOC 201
                    4   GEO   111   4   PSY   221   4 SOC 212
                    4   PLS   100   4   PSY   240
Minimum             4   PLS   110
9 qtr               (Select from at least two areas.)
Natural/            4   BIO   101   3   BIO   123   1   CHM   151
Physical            2   BIO   102   1   BIO   131   1   CHM   152
                    4   BIO   103   1   BIO   132   4   GEO   120
Sciences            2   BIO   104   1   BIO   133   4   PHY   104
                    4   BIO   105   4   CHM   105   4   PHY   105
Minimum             2   BIO   106   4   CHM   106   4   PHY   132
9 qtr               4   BIO   107   4   CHM   107   4   PHY   135
                    4   BIO   108   4   CHM   140   5   PHY   270
                    1   BIO   109   4   CHM   141   5   PHY   280
                    3   BIO   121   4   CHM   142   5   PHY   290
                    3   BIO   122   1   CHM   150
                    (Select at least one course with a lab
                    component, or a lab course.)

9 qtr

Sub Total
36 qtr
Total TM:           54-60 Quarter Hours
** Approval pending
             Course and Program Approval Process
                   for Semester Conversion

                            Gen Ed courses
Arts & Sciences                                             Technologies

                  Courses                    Programs

                        Curriculum Review           Level 1 approval for
                          Subcommittee              courses and programs

                            Curriculum              Level 2 approval for
                            Committee               courses and programs


                                              SEMESTER CONVERSION TIMELINE

                                                                  F04   W05   SP05       SU05   F05   W06 SP06   SU06

Develop transition guidelines and information
Define semester calendar
Develop course numbering system

Revise General Education Curriculum
    Course Descriptions (Title, hours, course description,
    Submit to Curriculum Review Sub-committee
    Finalize course content and syllabi                                      Mid Feb.
Revise Applied Degrees Curriculum
    Proposed curriculum
    Course Descriptions (Title, hours, course description,
    Finalize course content and syllabi
Publish equivalency list
Submit all catalog updates
Finalize course content and syllabi
Update assessment plans and assessment activities
Update articulation and transfer agreements

Update CAS information
Advise students with individual transition plans

Revise institution’s documents
Conduct communication campaign
Review policies

                                 Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will Terra make the conversion to semesters?
   Terra will convert to semesters in Fall 2006.

2. What is the difference between a quarter system and a semester system?
   Under both the quarter and the semester system, an academic year is approximately 32-33
   weeks in length. A quarter system is comprised of three 11-week quarters, while a semester
   system is comprised of two 16-week semesters.

3. Why is Terra converting to a semester system?
   Terra is converting to a semester system for a variety of reasons, the most compelling of which
           1) Better transfer of credits for students to area schools, most of which are on
           2) A common calendar with Owens, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State
              University, and the Medical College of Ohio, making it easier for students to move
              among institutions
           3) An earlier end to the academic year, making Terra students more competitive in the
              job market.

4. Who will be affected by the conversion to semesters?
   Any student taking classes from fall 2006 onward will be affected by the conversion.

5. How will students who start on quarters but who plan to graduate on semesters know
   which courses to take?
   Each ―transition‖ student will meet with academic advisor to complete a Transition Plan, a
   complete list of courses required for graduation.

6. When can I complete a Transition Plan?
   Students will be able to meet with academic advisors beginning in summer 2005 to complete
   Transition Plans.

7. When will classes begin and end under the semester system?
   The academic calendar for 2006-2007 has not been finalized, but typically schools on the
   semester system begin classes in mid-August and end the year in early to mid-May.

8. What will I need to do to prepare for this change?
   Stay informed     Check this web page frequently.

   Meet with an academic advisor If you have questions related to the semester conversion,
   meet with a faculty member in your program, an administrator in one of the division offices, or
   an academic advisor in the Admissions and Enrollment Services Office (A100).

   Develop a Transition Plan        By summer or fall 2005, after the new curriculum has been
   approved, you will be able to meet with an academic advisor to develop a Transition Plan.

9. Will I lose any credit hours under the conversion?
   You will not lose any credit hours under the conversion. Your quarter hours will be multiplied
   by .67 to convert them to the equivalent number of semester hours.

10. Will I be taking more classes under the semester system?
    Because semester courses are typically 3 credit hours, you will generally take one or more
    additional course per semester to maintain a full load. Semester courses are generally 3 credit
    hours, which will mean that you might need to take 1 or more additional courses to reach full-
    time status.

11. What if I am in the middle of a yearlong sequence of course when the college converts
    to semesters?
    It is best to complete a three quarter sequence of courses under the quarter system or to wait
    until the sequence is offered on semesters. If you are in the middle of a sequence when the
    change occurs, you will need to meet with your advisor to determine which semester course(s)
    you will need to complete the sequence.

12. Will my tuition and fees be higher under semesters than under quarters?
    Tuition and fees for the full academic year under semesters will be the same as they would
    have been for a full academic year under quarters. However, because there will be two
    semesters instead of three quarters, charges for a semester will be proportionately higher than
    charges for a quarter.


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