Biannual Review

Student Progress Review

Academic progress for all students will be reviewed twice each academic year by the field faculty sitting as a committee of the whole. Students will provide documentation suitable for the review as solicited by the Graduate Field Coordinator. In the spring, students will also complete the Student Progress Review (SPR) form prior to the field faculty meeting. Students with cumulative grade point averages below 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale) should expect serious questions to be raised about their ability to complete the PhD program. In addition to these reviews, the student’s special committee will meet at least twice annually between the A exam and the B exam for an individual review of progress.

At the field meeting, the progress and suitability of each student’s program will be evaluated. Input about the student’s academic progress, including examination results, teaching assistant evaluations, and overall progress in the program, will be collected from faculty and other appropriate sources. The outcome of the review will be shared with the student via email after the December review and via the faculty portion of the SPR form after the May review. The special committee holds the final determination on whether the student is making satisfactory progress in the program.