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Glossary of Semester Terms
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A Wright State University staff member assigned to provide students with academic advice and general guidance on academic planning, class scheduling, degree completion, and student success.
Two or three courses that are intended to be taken together in order to fulfill a degree or program requirement. These courses are meant to be taken in a specific order, as the earlier courses are generally prerequisites for later courses. Example: course sequence Spanish 101, 102, and 103. A student would need to take those three courses, in that order. Courses included as part of a “course sequence” are often referred to as “sequence courses.”
When WSU converts to semesters in 2012, each semester transition student’s credits will be multiplied by two-thirds to convert the quarter credits to semester credits. While this will cause a student’s total number of credits earned to decrease by one-third, degree requirements will also decrease by one-third at that time. The student’s grade point average (GPA) will not be affected by the conversion of quarter credit hours to semester credit hours.
One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction during an academic term. Typically, students should work on assignments out-of-class, an average of two hours for every one hour of formalized instruction.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) Report
An individualized, computerized record that compares a student’s past and current coursework with the requirements for his/her academic program. This report shows which degree requirements still need to be completed by the student.
My Advising Plan (MAP)
An outline of program-specific degree requirements used to map out students’ courses throughout semester transition. When followed, this plan will keep student on track to graduate without delay. The MAP is the official WSU process for assuring the University’s Pledge to Students.
Pledge to Students (Official Wright State University Pledge)
•Consistent application of credit: Credits that apply to your program before the semester transition will continue to apply after the transition.
•On-time graduation: You will graduate in the same time frame as you would have, had Wright State remained on the quarter system.
•No increased costs: Your annual tuition and fees under the semester system will not be greater than they would be if Wright State continued on the quarter system.
The quarter system divides the academic year into four main enrollment periods (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) of about 10 weeks of instruction each. WSU will operate on the quarter system until Fall 2012.
The semester system divides the academic year into three main enrollment periods (Fall, Spring, and Summer) of about 14 weeks of instruction each. Beginning Fall 2012, WSU will operate on the semester system.
Semester Transition (or Semester Conversion)
The process of WSU switching from a quarter system to a semester system. All of Ohio's two-year and four-year public colleges and universities will operate on the semester system after Fall 2012.
Semester Transition Student
A student who enters WSU on the quarter system and will continue at the university after the conversion to semesters. Semester transition students will experience the university’s transition from the quarter system to the semester system. The semester system begins Fall 2012.
Credit earned at another institution for courses that have been accepted by Wright State University as equivalent to WSU courses. Transfer credit may be used to fill program and graduation requirements at WSU.
University System of Ohio (USO)
The public institutions of higher education in Ohio, which includes 14 universities and 23 community colleges. The purpose of the USO is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet Ohioans’ varied needs. The USO is governed by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Resources & Tools
Semester Transition Credit Conversion
Semester Transition Credit Conversion
The following formula will be used to convert quarter credit hours to semester hours:
Quarter hours × 2/3 (or .667) = Semester hours
The Credit Conversion Table (PDF) provides credit hour conversion examples.