Welcome to GNTC's Quarter To Semester Conversion FAQ page. We will be publishing more information about the Q2S conversion, and how it will affect you as a student, as it becomes available.
- (8-8-11) HOPE chart to explain changes in the program
- (8-8-11) Q2S Presentation with Important Information. Please View!
- (8-8-11) Q2S Fact Sheet for all Students
You, GNTC, and every Technical College in the State of Georgia. The Technical College System of Georgia's Commissioner Ron Jackson has announced that Georgia’s 28 technical colleges will convert from a quarter to semester system. The semester schedule offers many benefits to students:
- Additional instructional time
- More in-depth coverage of course content
- Ease of transfer to other institutions
- Calendar alignment that better supports dual and joint enrollment
- Opportunities for high school students
GNTC is converting from a quarter calendar to a semester calendar. This change will go into effect Fall Semester 2011 and will have a direct impact on programs of study. There are several changes that students will want to make note of:
- We are putting our semester programs on this website as they are finalized in order for our students to get an understanding of the new curriculum. All semester programs will state 'Semester' in the title. Please note that semester programs are still under construction and are subject to change.
In order to assist those students who are able to complete their programs of study under the quarter system, the quarter curriculum will remain on the website until June 2011.
- We are referring to this transition process as Q2S, for the Quarter to Semester conversion. Please review this FAQ page for more information and watch for new Q2S information as it becomes available.
- For those students who will be transitioning from the quarter calendar to the semester calendar, it is imperative that students contact their Advisor with any questions on how this transition will affect their program of study.
This process has already begun. Here at GNTC, Faculty and Staff have been working diligently to get everything converted and setup for a smooth transition. Fall 2011 will begin our semester calendar. Register NOW for Fall 2011 Semester. First Day of Class is August 22, 2011!
- Academic 2011-2012 Semester Calendar (Subject to Change)
General FAQ's can be found at: http://www.tcsgsemester411.com/content.cfm?PageCode=faqs.
Quick Facts can be found at: http://www.tcsgsemester411.com/internal/content.cfm?PageCode=documents
Videos of Semester information can be found at: http://www.tcsgsemester411.com/internal/index.cfm
- Summer semesters will be 10 weeks plus exam time starting next Summer 2012.
- What's the difference between a quarter system and a semester system?
The quarter system divides the academic year into four, 10-week periods. The semester system divides the year into fall and spring semesters, each 15 weeks long plus exam time, along with a summer term as scheduled by the college.
- How many hours are considered a full-time course load under semesters?
For enrollment verification purposes, 12 semester hours (usually four courses) is considered full-time. GNTC encourages students to take 12-15 semester hours to stay on track to complete their program of study.
For the purpose of calculating financial aid under current federal guidelines, students are classified as full-time when they are enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. A student who is enrolled in nine, 10, or 11 semester hours is considered three-fourths time, while a student load of between six and eight semester hours is considered half-time. Any student enrolled in five semester hours or less is considered less than half-time.
- Will it take me longer to complete my program on semesters?
Because each program's curriculum and individual courses will be adapted for a semester calendar, we anticipate that the total completion time for most programs will not be increased.