Advising and Completing the Degree
1. Will I still be able to graduate on time?
Yes, provided you work closely with an academic advisor, beginning now, to develop an Individualized Advisement Plan toward timely graduation. Do not wait until the semester schedule is upon us. Your academic advisor will have access to a transition plan for your major. Getting an early start in the preparation for the semester conversion is your key to keeping on track and on time. Please see our Pledge to Our Students in which the University promises that students will graduate on time and will not lose earned credits provided they meet with advisors, develop an Individualized Advisement Plan, and follow the plan.
2. What is an Individualized Advisement Plan (IAP)?
To prepare our students for the change to semester, the Individualized Advisement Plan (IAP) in MyCSUEB will help students determine their academic paths through the conversion process and beyond to graduation. The IAP will be released in Fall 2016.
Once the IAP is approved by an academic advisor, it serves as a roadmap to facilitate graduation requirements under your major, and if applicable, minor program(s). It also provides the opportunity to inform the university of courses you plan to enroll in and when. This information will allow the university to improve course offerings based upon demand.
3. Do I need to speak to an advisor to get my IAP?
You will consult with your major department about which major requirements you will follow: the current quarter system catalog requirements or the new semester system catalog requirements. The procedures for determining which requirements will be more efficient for you will vary by major and graduation date. You will consult with an AACE advisor about which General Education requirements you will follow: the current quarter system catalog requirements or the new semester system catalog requirements. It is possible to have different catalog requirements for University requirements (including GE) and major requirements.
Once you have determined which set of University and major requirements you will be following, you will know what classes you need to put into your IAP.
4. How do I know who my advisor is?
Every undergraduate student has two advisors. Your AACE advisor is your General Education advisor and your other advisor is your major advisor. Schedule an appointment with an AACE advisor by visiting www.csueastbay.edu/aace. Visit the Student Advisement Center for your College to determine your major advisor or visit the advising kiosk in the Enrollment Information Center (first floor; Student Administration Building) for this information.
Students in the following programs have a third advisor: Athletics, EOP, EXCEL, GANAS, Project Impact, Renaissance Scholars, Sankofa, and SSOS.
5. Does the graduate student need to do anything to prepare for Semester Conversion?
In order to plan a course of study that leads to successful completion of the graduate degree, you should meet with your Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Advisor as soon as possible. If you are nearing completion of your degree, make every effort to graduate prior to the conversion in Fall 2018. If you are not nearing completion, work with your Graduate Coordinator or Advisor to develop a plan of study to make the transition as smooth as possible. If there are quarter courses that will not have a semester equivalent, either plan to take those courses prior to Fall 2018 or work with your Coordinator/Advisor to determine an acceptable semester course substitution.
6. Will all of my quarter units count toward my degree following the conversion?
The University will make every effort to ensure that the units you have already earned will count toward your degree. Each college and department will be working individually on plans for transitioning its courses from quarters to semesters to make the move go smoothly for students.
Please see our Pledge to Our Students in which the University promises that students will graduate on time and will not lose earned credits provided they meet with advisors, develop an Individualized Advisement Plan, and follow the plan.
7. Will I still have my same catalog year? Will the requirements for degree change?
Student catalog rights are governed by the catalog in effect at the time they declare their undergraduate major/minor or are admitted to a graduate degree program. Your catalog year determines the requirements that you must satisfy to earn your degree. Your catalog year will not change, but the courses you must take WILL change because the courses in your catalog will no longer exist.
The Individualize Advisement Plan that you develop with an advisor will determine how you satisfy the catalog requirements for your major with semester courses. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your major advisor as soon as possible to develop your Individualized Advisement Plan.
8. What If I decide to change majors before the semester conversion?
Consult with your academic advisor on how changing your major will affect what courses you will need and the time to graduation.