Evaluations of Student Progress

  • Evaluation and Student Progress

Every student is required to receive two student progress evaluations each academic year: Progress may be (1) Satisfactory, (2) Marginal, or (3) Unsatisfactory.

Students are encouraged to complete their degree programs in a timely manner. Departments must evaluate each graduate student’s progress twice during an academic year (September through August).

Information is available in each department’s Graduate Handbook regarding requirements for "Satisfactory" student progress. Contact your department for details about the evaluation procedures in your department.

Students making marginal or unsatisfactory progress are informed in writing:

  1. What they need to do to make satisfactory progress.
  2. When each task needs to be accomplished.
  3. Which faculty member(s) they should contact for more information or support.
  4. What will happen if these tasks are not accomplished.

If a student receives a marginal and an unsatisfactory or two unsatisfactory ratings in succession, the university will:

  • Terminate the student’s program.
  • Receive a Petition for Exception from the department (that includes a contract to completion) making a convincing case that the student will demonstrate satisfactory progress to the completion of their degree.