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STUDENTS: Check Your E-Mail for Your Semester Conversion IAP

More than 7,000 undergraduate students who will transition to semesters on Aug. 27, 2012, have already received Individual Advising Plans, via e-mail, from academic advisors. Learn more about the IAP and next steps.

Date: 3/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Video by UC Creative Services

UC ingot   About one-third of University of Cincinnati undergraduate students who will make the transition from quarters to semesters on Aug. 27, 2012, have already received their Individual Advising Plans from their academic advisors. More than 7,000 of the approximately 20,000 undergraduate IAPs to be prepared have already been sent to students’ UC e-mail accounts.

Students should review and approve the IAPs or meet with their academic advisors if they have questions.

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.

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 are completing the IAP and advising processes first, as determined by the UC college from which a student is earning his or her degree.

Each college notifies students via his or her UC e-mail account when a student's IAP is 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.

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 his or her UC e-mail. And, as stated above, 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 is a five-step IAP process for students, and any current UC student 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, after you are notified by e-mail that it is ready for review.
  • Meet with your advisor as necessary OR
  • Approve your IAP 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.

Plan to stop by the Wednesday, May 9, Conversion Cookout from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on McMicken Commons. Student Government will serve up food, and academic advisors will be on hand to answer questions from 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.

New links and information is continuously added to UC’s conversion web site. Recent links and information added include
  • Among several FAQs already online, a Financial FAQ has been added that gathers information from online sources and the Semester Conversion Guide. This Financial FAQ includes information about UC’s existing monthly payment plan.
  • Also, students can see sample bills, which outline what bills will look like under semesters, including an undergraduate sample bill, an undergraduate distance learner sample bill, a graduate student sample bill and sample bills from UC’s Clermont and Blue Ash campuses.

  • Winter 2012: See New Online Information – FAQs, Updated Policies
  • Fall 2011: Individual Advising Plans Now Underway
  • Summer 2011: Advisor Training and IAP Process
  • Spring 2011: May Is "Verify My Major" Month
  • Winter 2011: Curricular Revisions, Bridge Courses, Encouraging Students to Meet with Advisors
  • Fall 2010: Co-op Cycles, Calendar Updates and Progress on Curricular Revisions
  • Summer 2010: Preparations Underway to Augment Student Advising
  • Spring 2010: Join Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter
  • Winter 2010: New Web Offerings and an Industry Symposium
  • Fall 2009: See the New Web Site, Check Out the Planning Timeline