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Satisfactory Progress

Academic and Departmental Probation, Termination, and Appeals

Probation In addition to dismissal for failure to meet the usual examination and grade requirements, departments and graduate-degree-granting area programs have the right to place a student on departmental probation. After at least 30 days of probation, the degree-granting program can dismiss any graduate student who is deemed to be making insufficient academic progress or whose

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Annual Review of Graduate Student Progress

The Office of Graduate Studies requires all master’s, education specialist and doctoral students to submit an annual report of academic progress. At a minimum, graduate students should report on their academic progress, completion of required forms, awards and honors, conferences, presentations, publications, service activities, creative activities, funding activities, employment and job placement. Academic program faculty

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Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of written and oral sections. It must be completed at least seven months before the final defense of the dissertation. The two sections of the examination must be completed within one month.

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Doctoral Student Academic Progress

Doctoral Student Academic Progress A doctoral student must successfully complete the comprehensive examination within a period of five years beginning with the first semester of enrollment as a PhD student. In addition, the program for the doctoral degree must be completed within five years of passing the comprehensive examination. Individual departments or area programs may stipulate

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Extensions

A request for an extension is distinct from an appeal process: a request for extension is the appropriate course of action when a student has failed to meet the time frames associated with degree programs. Progress Toward Degree Doctoral students should follow the time frames associated with degree programs discussed in the graduate catalog under master’s

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Grading & Credit

Grading Policy Graduate students’ grades in all courses counting toward an advanced degree may be reported as: A +/-, B +/-, and C +/-. Faculty members are not required to use a plus/minus grading scale; that decision should be based on the faculty member’s evaluation of student performance and/or polices of their academic program. Grade point averages are calculated

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Master’s Student Academic Progress

The program for the master’s degree must be completed within a period of eight years beginning with the first semester of enrollment in which the student is accepted to a degree program. Individual academic programs may stipulate a shorter time period. Time spent in the armed services will not count toward the eight-year limit (see Active

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Probation & Termination Policies for Graduate Students

Probation In addition to dismissal for failure to meet the usual examination and grade requirements, departments and graduate-degree-granting area programs have the right to place on probation — and, after at least 30 days of probation, to dismiss from the program — any graduate student who is deemed to be making insufficient academic progress or whose

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Requests for Extension and Appeals in Graduate Student Progress

Satisfactory progress The progress of each graduate student is evaluated annually by the student’s advisor and/or director of graduate studies. The definition of satisfactory progress and procedures for its verification may vary among departments/programs. If a department/program has instituted guidelines that differ from those applying generally to graduate students, these guidelines should be made available to students

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