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SEMESTER CONVERSION UPDATE: Individual Advising Plans Now Underway

In less than a year, UC will convert to semesters on Aug. 27, 2012. During the upcoming year, UC college advisors will create Individual Advising Plans (IAPs) for each transitioning student. The creation of those IAPs is now underway but will proceed on a rolling basis.

Date: 9/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Video by UC Creative Services

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SEE UC's Bearcat go through the Individual Advising Plan (IAP) process in this humorous video.

Semester conversion advising for University of Cincinnati students who will make the transition from quarters to semesters will take place through August 2012. These advising functions are now underway and will result in an Individual Advising Plan (IAP) for each transitioning student.

His or her IAP will take each transitioning student through the conversion process. It will outline the courses needed and show how quarter credits apply to a semester program. It documents an expected degree-completion term.

Each college will prepare and then notify students when students’ IAPs are ready for review and approval. Remember, students who will graduate before Aug. 27, 2012, will not need an IAP.

And students who enter UC as of Aug. 27, 2012, will not need an IAP, as their entire academic career will take place under the semester system.

Only students who entered and have taken classes at UC prior to Aug. 27, 2012, but who will graduate after August 2012 will need an IAP.  In general, the transitioning students who are closest to graduation after August 2012 will complete the IAP and advising processes first, as determined by the UC college from which a student is earning his or her degree.

The most important thing students can do in order to achieve a seamless transition is to pay attention to and respond to communications from his or her academic advisor. For instance, if an advisor needs information to complete an IAP, the student would be contacted via e-mail. And when a student’s IAP has been prepared by an advisor and is ready for review by the student, that student will receive an e-mail from his or her advisor.


There will be a five-step IAP process for students, and current UC students can take the first step in the process right now.

The five steps are
  • Verify your major 
  • Read and respond to communications from your college advisor.
  • Review your IAP online at OneStop.
  • Meet with your advisor as necessary.
  • Approve your IAP with your academic advisor online at OneStop.

The goal of students’ IAPs is to uphold the university’s conversion Pledge to Students regarding academic progress and degree completion for transitioning students.

Complete information for students related to semester conversion is now online, the Semester Conversion Guide. The guide contains background on UC’s semester conversion, calendar information related to conversion, FAQs related to academic credit, grades, courses and classes, information on conversion advising and more.

VISIT UC's semester conversion home page.