Transitioning from Quarters to Semesters

Considerations for an Academic Calendar Conversion

Topics: Academic Calendar, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions plan and execute effective calendar transitions?
  • How do institutions secure faculty cooperation and participation in the transition process?
  • How do institutions prepare and guide students through the transition?


Converting an academic calendar from quarters to semesters is a significant institutional change and requires extensive planning and institutional collaboration. This brief investigates the transition process of five institutions. It highlights how these institutions planned and executed the transition, secured faculty participation in the process, and guided students through the transition.