In fall 2012, Sinclair Community College will switch from a quarter-based academic calendar to a semester-based academic calendar. The progress and success of our students is the highest priority in the planning and the implementation of the semester conversion. To this end, the faculty, staff, and administration of Sinclair Community College will work with each student to ensure that he or she is able to maintain his or her academic progress before, during, and after the conversion to semesters. The guiding principle of our commitment to students is that the transition to semesters will not adversely affect the time to graduation or increase the cost of an academic credential.

Our Commitment to You

Sinclair commits to providing an extraordinary level of support to students, both those who wish to graduate prior to the conversion to semesters and those whose programs will span the quarter to semester transition. We will provide timely curricular transition information, online scheduling support, and academic advising for each student.

We pledge that for a student who meets with an academic advisor, jointly creates a plan that leads to graduation, and successfully completes the academic requirements in the time line specified in the plan, there will be:

  • Consistent application of credit: Credits that apply to your program before the semester conversion will continue to apply after the conversion.
  • On-time graduation: You will graduate in the same time frame as you would have had Sinclair remained on the quarter system.
  • No increased costs: Your annual tuition and fees under the semester system will not be greater than they would have been if Sinclair continued on the quarter system.

For transition students, students who begin their degree programs prior to fall 2012 and will graduate after the conversion to semesters, Sinclair will provide an advising program so that each student can develop an individual transition plan that includes both quarter and semester courses and defines a specific path that leads to graduation in the semester corresponding to the quarter in which the student would have graduated had Sinclair remained on the quarter system. The individual transition plan will be agreed upon by both the student and the student’s academic advisor.

Your Responsibility

A successful partnership places responsibilities on both parties. You must meet with an academic advisor, jointly create an individualized advising plan (MAP) that leads to graduation, and then successfully complete the academic requirements following the time line specified in the plan.

The Institution will not be responsible for the preceding commitments if you do not have an approved individual transition plan (MAP) or you do not complete the requirements of the individual transition plan in the agreed upon time line.