First-Phase Planning: Curricular Revisions
Most of the current preparation work toward converting to semesters is invisible to students and the general public. Currently, UC faculty in every department and college are working on revising university courses – currently offered on the quarter system – so that these offerings and their content will cohesively fit into a semester calendar, with each course offering integrating with others across disciplines, majors, departments and colleges.
According to UC Provost Anthony Perzigian, “The conversion from quarters to semesters presents a historic and unique opportunity to make fundamental and transformative changes” to the university’s academic programs. When coupled with program review, he said, conversion will result in a modernized curriculum and streamlined degree requirements.
Currently, under the quarter system, UC has an inventory of about 15,000 courses. About 3,000 of these have been rarely or never offered in the last three years. When the university converts to semesters, it’s estimated the university will offer about 10,000 courses that have been comprehensively reviewed in terms of integration with other coursework to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s workforce, industry and community needs.
The timeline for redesigning UC’s curriculum by faculty calls for completion of the bulk of that work by Fall 2010.