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Semester Conversion

Glossary of Semester Conversion Terms

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A UC staff member assigned to provide students with academic advice and general guidance on academic planning, class scheduling, degree completion and student success. 


Cooperative education (co-op), also known as professional practice, is the custom wherein students alternate quarters or semesters in the classroom with quarters or semesters of professionally paid work directly related to their majors. UC is the global founder of co-op, having invented the practice in 1906. 

Course Sequence

Two or three courses that are intended to be taken together in order to fulfill a degree or program requirement. These courses are meant to be taken in a specific order, as the earlier courses are generally prerequisites for later courses. Example: course sequence Spanish 101, 102 and 103. A student would need to take those three courses, in that order, to fulfill a language requirement.

Credit Conversion

When UC converts to semesters in 2012, each semester transition student’s credits will be multiplied by two-thirds to convert the quarter credits to semester credits. While this will cause a student’s total number of credits earned to decrease by one-third, degree requirements will also decrease by one-third at that time. The student's grade point average (GPA) will not be affected by the conversion of quarter credit hours to semester credit hours. 

Credit Hour 

One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction during an academic term. Typically, students should work out-of-class on assignments an average of two hours for every one hour of formalized instruction. 

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) Report 

An individualized, computerized record that compares a student’s past and current coursework with the requirements for his/her academic program. This report shows which degree requirements still need to be completed by the student.

Individual Advising Plan (IAP) 

An outline of program-specific degree requirements used to map out students’ courses throughout semester conversion. When followed, this plan will keep student on track to graduate without delay.

Quarter System

The quarter system divides the academic year into four main enrollment periods (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) of about 10 weeks of instruction each. UC will operate on the quarter system until Fall 2012. 

Semester System

The semester system divides the academic year into three main enrollment periods (Fall, Spring and Summer) of about 14 weeks of instruction each. Beginning Fall 2012, UC will operate on the semester system. 

Semester Conversion 

The process of UC switching from a quarter system to a semester system. All of Ohio's two-year and four-year public colleges and universities will operate on the semester system after Fall 2012. 

Semester Transition Student

A student who enters UC on the quarter system and will continue at the university after the conversion to semesters. Semester transition students will experience the university’s transition from the quarter system to the semester system. The semester system begins Fall 2012.

Transfer Credit

Credit earned at another institution for courses that have been accepted by the UC Center for Credit Evaluation as equivalent to UC courses. Transfer credit may be used to fill program and graduation requirements at UC.


An alternative term for conversion. See Semester Conversion.

University System of Ohio 

The public institutions of higher education in Ohio, which includes 14 universities and 23 community colleges. The purpose of the University System of Ohio (USO) is to provide high quality, affordable education to meet Ohioans’ varied needs. The USO is governed by the Ohio Board of Regents. 

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