Dec 11, 2012 6:04 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Task force reports Cal Poly should remain on quarters

A report released by the task force Tuesday states it, "did not find significant evidence that a conversion to semesters would result in improved student outcomes." The committee did say that semesters did have some advantages. The task force estimated it would cost over multiple years at least $18 million to convert to semesters.

The task force was hired by President Jeffrey Armstrong back in September. "This report is an excellent catalyst for deeper conversations on campus about how to improve our curriculum," Armstrong said.

The task force was started because the California State University system was looking at establishing semesters for all 23 CSU campuses. Cal Poly is one of six CSU campuses that remain on quarters. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 90% of American public universities are on semesters.

Following those reviews and discussions, Armstrong expects to make his recommendation to the CSU by the end of the winter quarter. A final decision about conversion rests with the CSU.

To see the full report and Armstrong's note to the campus, click here.



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