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How Augustana is transitioning to semesters

Augustana faculty and trustees voted in 2016 to transition from a trimester schedule to semester calendar. That transition is underway, and students will begin registering for semesters in the fall of 2019.

All trimester credits will transition to the semester calendar as equivalent credit. No credits or coursework will be lost.

The college offers a Transition Guarantee to all full-time degree seeking students who start in fall of 2016, 2017, or 2018.

2017 fall term update

Here is an update on progress toward Augustana’s  transition from trimesters to semesters. 
In August, the faculty approved the general education requirements for students who begin their education on trimesters and end it on semesters.  

The Educational Policies Committee (EPC) has been reviewing proposals for revising majors and minors from academic departments and programs. At the point, proposals from 20 departments have been approved by EPC and put on consent agendas for approval by the entire faculty.  

The General Education Committee has been reviewing courses and determining whether they should carry a Learning Perspective (LP) or suffix designation.

The Faculty Council has been addressing issues related to the daily schedule and academic calendar. A faculty vote on these issues will be made prior to winter term.

The Colleague Academic Implementation Team has begun entering the courses that have been approved into the Colleague database.

For more information, contact transition coordinators Gillian Lederman and Jayne Rose, at