Academic “rites of passage” are instrumental in assessing student progress at the graduate level and are recorded in each graduate student’s academic file in the Advising Office. Successful completion of the MA, comprehensive exams, and PhD dissertation are among the most important criteria of scholarly achievement. In addition to demonstrating graduate students’ understanding of the important topics in the field, the MA thesis and PhD dissertation provide opportunities to examine students’ abilities to conceptualize, organize and execute research, to think critically and productively at several levels, and to communicate effectively through writing at a professional level.
Graduate students increasingly have taken more than appropriate periods of time to completion of advanced degrees.
Changes Made on Basis of Findings
Changes made on the basis of findings include development of more specific guidelines for satisfactory progress in the academic program.