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Language, Reading & Culture: Graduate Programs

Students are expected to meet the “Statement of Satisfactory Progress in the LRC Graduate Program

Target Population: All active LRC graduate students

Participation Rate: 100% of Target Populations

Statement of Satisfactory Progress
in the LRC Graduate Program

1. Contact with advisors. Continuous meetings between students and their advisors to discuss students' programs help ensure satisfactory progress.

2. Incompletes. Incompletes are given only under extreme conditions and must be negotiated in advance with the supervising instructor. Students are responsible for completing the Report of Incomplete form in consultation with the instructor, and for filing it with the department graduate secretary. The form must be signed by both the instructor and student with a due date stipulated for completing requirements.

3. Time limits.
(a) Degrees (master's, specialist, and doctoral) must be completed within the time limits specified by the Graduate College.

(b) The departmental expectations for completing degrees are as follows:
Master's: 3-4 semesters for full-time students; 5-6 semesters for part-time students
Ed.S.: 1-2 years following the qualifying exam for full-time students;
3-4 years following the qualifying exam for part-time students
Ph.D./Ed.D.: 3-4 years following the qualifying exam for full-time students;
4-6 years following the qualifying exam for part-time students*
* All doctoral students must complete at least one-year of residency during which they are enrolled for a minimum of 9 units/semester.

(c) Coursework must be current according to Graduate College time specifications.

4. Scheduling exams. Doctoral and Ed.S. qualifying exams should be scheduled no later than the second semester of coursework or before completing 12 units. Doctoral comprehensive (preliminary) exams should be scheduled during the final semester of coursework, with a minimum of five weeks between the written and oral exams. Final doctoral oral exams (dissertation defenses) should be scheduled no less than five weeks after the penultimate draft is submitted.

5. Leave of absence. In accordance with Graduate College policy, leaves of absence are normally granted only for medical emergencies and maternity. Graduate students may, with the approval of their advisor and department head, be granted a leave of absence for up to one year. Students on approved leave of absence will not be required to apply for readmission. Students absent beyond the one-year limit must reapply for admission when they wish to return.

6. Inactivity. Students not active for one year must schedule an advising meeting with appropriate faculty advisors, at which time a contract will be drawn up to facilitate the student's progress in the program. In the case of coursework and requirements which have lapsed beyond Graduate College time specifications, the student may be asked to reapply to the program.

7. Lack of progress. Graduate College policy stipulates that students who do not appear to be making satisfactory progress may be required to withdraw from the university. The policy also states that no students will be recommended for the award of an advanced degree unless s/he has achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better on all work taken for graduate credit, and on all work specifically included in the graduate study program.

8. Annual review of progress. LRC faculty will review doctoral student progress yearly and doctoral students will complete an annual self-evaluation of their progress in the program.

Approved, LRC Faculty/SAC, revised 3/04

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