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Frequently Asked Questions about the Semester Transition Project

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Semester FAQ List

Why is Cincinnati State converting to semesters?
What does the Cincinnati State semester calendar look like?
When will I be able to see the degree requirements and classes available on semesters?
When will I be able to register for Fall Semester classes?
What will tuition be on semesters?
How will the change to semesters affect my financial aid?
How will classes on semesters be different from classes on terms?
Will any classes be shorter than 15 weeks?
How many credits will be required for graduation under semesters?
If I begin on terms and finish on semesters, will I lose credits?
If I begin on terms and finish on semesters, will it take me longer?
The classes I need to finish my degree are not being offered in Summer Term. Does that mean it will take me longer to finish?
Why is Summer Term so short? Will the Summer courses count the same as other term courses?
Will co-op and clinical experience continue under the semester system? Will the co-op and clinical credits earned on terms still count?
How many credits will be required for full-time status on semesters?
What is happening to the waitlists for some Health programs as a result of the change to semesters?
What are the advantages of a semester calendar for students?

 

 

Answers to Semester FAQ

Why is Cincinnati State converting to semesters?

Cincinnati State is changing to a semester system, starting on August 29, 2012, to meet the guidelines of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education, which was announced by Governor Strickland in 2008. When all state-assisted colleges and universities follow the same academic calendar, more cooperation is possible—leading to more effective use of resources.

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What does the Cincinnati State semester calendar look like?

The semester calendar divides the academic year into three 15-week sessions (trimesters), called Fall, Spring, and Summer. Each session has 73 instructional days (not including Saturdays and Sundays). The semester calendar assumes that a standard class hour is 50 minutes, so a traditional 3-credit class would have three 50-minute sessions a week, or two 75-minute sessions a week, for 15 weeks.

View the 2012-2013 calendar on page 3 of the "Get the Facts" booklet.

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When will I be able to see the degree requirements and classes available on semesters?

All semester course and curriculum descriptions will be available by the end of May 2012.

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When will I be able to register for Fall Semester classes?

Registration for Fall Semester will begin July 30. The course sections to be offered in the Fall Semester will be available for viewing after June 18.

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What will tuition be on semesters?

The cost of tuition on semesters will be $142.17 per credit hour for Ohio residents.

Get more information about tuition and fees for semesters on p. 6 of the "Get the Facts" booket.

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How will the change to semesters affect my financial aid?

The criteria for establishing your financial aid eligibility, and the total amount of your award, will not change because of the College's change to a semester calendar. Your award will be disbursed over three semesters rather than over five terms. (Likewise, your payment for tuition and other academic costs will be due three times a year rather than five times.)

Get more information about financial aid for semesters on pages 7, 8, and 9 of the "Get the Facts" booklet.

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How will classes on semesters be different from classes on terms?

A semester course (about 15 weeks of instruction) will cover more material than a term course (about 9 weeks of instruction). In most cases, students will spend about the same amount of time in class per week, but for 15 weeks rather than nine weeks.

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Will any classes be shorter than 15 weeks?

The majority of semester classes will be offered in a 15-week schedule.

Currently, the College offers some flexibly scheduled courses that differ from the primary term schedule, and this practice could continue under semesters.

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How many credits will be required for graduation under semesters?

The number of credit hours required for a degree will decrease under the semester system. Currently, most associate degrees require 90 to 110 credits. Under semesters, most associate degrees will require 60 to 73 semester credits, including co-op. A few programs will require more than 73 semester credits.

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If I begin on terms and finish on semesters, will I lose credits?

You will not lose credits. Credits earned under the current term system will be converted to semester credits. One credit earned on terms is equal to two-thirds (.667) of a credit earned on semesters.

The Registrar's Office will adjust your credits and GPA on your Degree Audit (viewable in My Services) so you’ll be able to see where you stand when semesters begin.

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If I begin on terms and finish on semesters, will it take me longer?

The total amount of time needed to complete a degree will not change under semesters. However, you must meet with your academic advisor and complete a STEP form (Semester Transition Educational Plan) or complete a plan using E-Advisor.

If you make a plan with your advisor, and follow the plan, you will be able to complete your program efficiently, with little or no repetition of material.

Getr more information about STEP plans on page 4 of the "Get the Facts" booklet.

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The classes I need to finish my degree are not being offered in Summer Term. Does that mean it will take me longer to finish?

The College will make every effort to help students who need only a few more classes to be able to schedule those classes and complete their degrees. However, you must complete a STEP form (Semester Transition Educational Plan) to assist us in planning class schedules. Your advisor can help you decide on the Summer Term classes that will be most useful for you.

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Why is Summer Term so short? Will the Summer courses count the same as other term courses?

Summer Term 2012 will last six week (June 27 to August 8). These classes will count the same as 9-week term classes with the same credits. Summer courses will cover a full term's worth of material at an accelerated pace.

Ending Summer classes in early August will provide time for changes to College computer systems that must be in place before semester classes begin on August 29.

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Will co-op and clinical experience continue under the semester system? Will the co-op and clinical credits earned on terms still count?

Yes. Cooperative education and clinical experience will continue under the semester system.

The co-op and clinical credits you earned on terms will be converted to semester credits. One term credit is equal to two-thirds (.667) of a semester credit. Meet with your co-op or clinical coordinator, or your Program Chair, to determine whether you'll need to continue earning additional co-op or clinical credits after the change to semesters.

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How many credits will be required for full-time status on semesters?

Full-time will be 12 credit hours, as it is now.

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What is happening to the waitlists for some Health programs as a result of the change to semesters?

If you are currently on a waitlist for a program, talk to your academic advisor to determine your status. When semesters begin, new processes will be used to determine when students in some Health programs are eligible for their clinical courses.

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What are the advantages of a semester calendar for students?

Advantages of a semester calendar include:

  • Provides more time for learning course material and for class projects.
  • Allows employers to assign co-op students jobs with more responsibility since students will be with the employer longer.
  • Provides more time for students who might be having trouble in a class to make adjustments and succeed.
  • Reduces registration and financial aid activity from five times to three times per academic year.
  • Brings our courses in line with most textbooks, which are written for use in semester-length classes.
  • Makes transfer into and out of Cincinnati State easier, since the majority of colleges and universities use the semester system.
  • Improves the ability of students to focus on course work without holiday distractions since the first semester will end before the December break.

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