Satisfactory Progress

Satisfactory Progress

Fall 2016

 

Regarding Satisfactory Progress, the Graduate College stipulates:

In addition to maintaining a minimum 3.00 grade-point average, students enrolled in a graduate degree program are required to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements is grounds for disqualification by the Dean of the Graduate College. Each department has its own criteria for evaluation of a student's academic progress. The Graduate College will apply the appropriate department's criteria when the department requests a student's disqualification for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines. Departmental policies on satisfactory academic progress are available from departments and from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate College.

At the beginning of each semester, the Program Director will notify in writing all students who are not meeting the terms of the Satisfactory Progress policy, listing which requirements have not been met, what the student must do to meet them, and what penalties, if any, have been imposed.

Students in the Literature Program who are not making Satisfactory Progress will be notified in writing by the Program Director and informed of what specific Satisfactory Progress regulations they have failed to meet as well as what specific steps they need to take, by what dates, to rectify these deficiencies.  (The Director will consult with the GLC, minus the EGU Representative, in drawing up this remediation agreement.)  As Graduate College policy mandates, both the statement of deficiencies and the remediation agreement will be forwarded to the Graduate College.  Students who fail to meet the terms of the remediation agreement may be placed on departmental probation and may be subject to a range of penalties, up to and including loss of the GATship and termination from the program.  Students in the process of fulfilling a remediation agreement may also be subject to certain limitations regarding teaching or fellowship opportunities, and the like.

All students who receive notification of failure to meet Satisfactory Progress Guidelines have the right to appeal this judgment and to present any evidence which might serve to rebut it.  There are three levels of appeal: to the Program Director, to the GLC, and to the Department Head.

Further, all students who fail to meet the terms of their remediation agreements or program probations likewise have the right to appeal this judgment and to present any evidence which might serve to rebut it.  There are four levels of appeal: to the Program Director, to the GLC, to the Department Head, and to the Graduate College.  (Graduate College policy states: “Students who fail to remediate by the deadlines specified may be dismissed from the program. Students have the right to appeal such decisions to the Graduate College, but the Graduate College will limit its review to whether or not the program followed their established policies.”) 

 

In order to be making Satisfactory Progress toward the degree, students must:

  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.50 during their first year in the program, at least 3.67 by the end of their third semester in the program, and at least 3.75 thereafter.

GPA implementation guidelines: 

  • If in remediation, the student must achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 during the first semester of remediation, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.75 by the second semester of remediation (in remediation, satisfactory progress GPA is calculated from the date of the remediation agreement, not from the date of matriculation).
     
  • Once the student has passed the Comprehensive Exam, GPA provisions of the Satisfactory Progress policy no longer apply.

(In calculating GPA, only courses eligible to be included as part of the Study Plan for the degree will be counted. [Graduate courses taken while the student was enrolled in other degree programs at the university will not be counted unless they are part of the Study Plan; language courses taken to fulfill the Language Requirement will not be counted; etc.])

  • Have no more than one outstanding incomplete.
     
  • Meet all program “milestones” in a timely manner.  Specifically:

Students in the MA program must:

  • Complete the required 30 Study Plan units no later than their 5th semester in the program
  • Pass the MA Examination no later than their 6th semester in the program
  • Fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement no later than their 6th semester in the program
  • Pass the Qualifying Examination no later than their 6th semester in the program (applies only to students wishing to proceed to the PhD program)

 

Students in the PhD program who completed the MA here must:

  • Complete the required total of 45 Study Plan units no later than their 8th semester in the MA/PhD program
  • Pass the Comprehensive Examination no later than their 10th semester in the MA/PhD program
  • Successfully defend the dissertation no later than their 16th semester in the MA/PhD program (defense of the dissertation no later than the 14th semester, after which GAT funding runs out, is strongly recommended)

 

Students in the PhD program who completed the MA elsewhere must:

  • Complete the required 30 Study Plan units no later than their 5th semester in the program
  • Pass the Comprehensive Examination no later than their 6th semester in the program
  • Fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement no later than their 6th semester in the program
  • Successfully defend the dissertation no later than their 12th semester in the program (defense of the dissertation no later than the 10th semester, after which GAT funding runs out, is strongly recommended)

 

All students in the PhD program must also:

  • Have an approved Dissertation Statement of Purpose on file no later than six weeks after completing the Comprehensive Examination.
  • Have an approved Dissertation Proposal on file no later than six months after completing the Comprehensive Examination.

(If the dissertation Statement of Purpose or Proposal falls due during winter or summer break, it must be approved and filed no later than three weeks after the first day of classes of the upcoming semester (three weeks after the start of fall classes for documents that fall due during summer break; three weeks after the start of spring classes for documents that fall due during winter break).

 

Satisfactory Progress: Implementation Guidelines

Since the following provisions (among those listed above) represent a significant change from prior policy, they apply only to students entering the program in Fall 2011 or thereafter:

In order to be making Satisfactory Progress toward the degree, students must:

  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.50 during their first year in the program, at least 3.67 by the end of their third semester in the program, and at least 3.75 thereafter.

GPA implementation guidelines:

  • If in remediation, the student must achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 during the first semester of remediation and 3.67 the second semester and maintain a GPA of at least 3.75 by the third semester of remediation (in remediation, satisfactory progress GPA is calculated from the date of the remediation agreement, not from the date of matriculation).
     
  • Once the student has passed the Comprehensive Exam, GPA provisions of the Satisfactory Progress policy no longer apply.

(In calculating GPA, only courses eligible to be included as part of the Study Plan for the degree will be counted. [Graduate courses taken while the student was enrolled in other degree programs at the university will not be counted unless they are part of the Study Plan; language courses taken to fulfill the Language Requirement will not be counted; etc.])

  • Have no more than one outstanding incomplete.

 

All the other rules governing Satisfactory Progress apply to all students.

 

 

 

 

Program(s): 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences