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STUDENTS: Conversion Cookout Set for May 9 on McMicken Commons


Students: Stop by the Conversion Cookout from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 9. Student Government will be providing free food, and UC advisors will be on hand to answer questions related to semester conversion.

Date: 5/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Lisa Britton

UC ingot   A Conversion Cookout is set for Wednesday, May 9, on McMicken Commons, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

During the event, the University of Cincinnati’s Student Government will be grilling and providing free food, and UC advisors will be on hand to answer questions related to semester conversion.
A UC advisor hands out information on McMicken Commons.
In Fall 2011, UC advisors met with and distributed information to students on McMicken Commons.



CURRENT CONVERSION EFFORTS FOCUS ON STUDENT IAPS

UC will convert to semesters on Aug. 27, 2012. Just over half  of UC 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. About 11,400 of the approximately 20,000 undergraduate IAPs to be prepared have already been sent to students’ UC e-mail accounts.

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.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN DO RIGHT NOW
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.

NEW RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS
Complete information for students related to semester conversion is now online in 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
  • See more links related to money matters and semester conversion, including estimating your bill and financial aid.