Graduate Learning Outcomes for doctoral and masters’ programs were approved by the Faculty Senate on Jan 13, 2011 (doctoral) and April 14, 2011 (master's). These graduate learning outcomes, as approved by Faculty Senate, are:

Learning outcomes for PhD Degree programs state that the student shall:

  1. Produce and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of subject material.
  3. Conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner.

These outcomes are to be assessed at the program level. Outcome (1) is already part of the assessment performed at the final oral exam and the GCR is specifically required to raise this metric. Outcome (2) is part of every unit's requirements for students and is assessed by course work grades and preliminary examinations. Outcome (3) is new and will require the units to be sure the students are informed/trained as to what is required to conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner. There is an array of methods the units could choose to use, such as the Graduate School course on Responsible Conduct of Research, along with other courses, instruction in research groups, etc.

Learning outcomes for Master's Degree programs state that the student shall:

  1. Conduct research or produce some other form of creative work.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of subject material.
  3. Conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner.

The goal of assessing graduate learning outcomes is to provide programs with information that will lead to informed curricular and programmatic changes. The graduate learning outcome assessment reports are submitted by programs into SharePoint by June 1, of each academic year. Feedback is submitted by the Assessment and Accreditation office into SharePoint by November 1, of the subsequent academic year.

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Satisfactory Progress

All advanced-degree students (including regularly, conditionally, and provisionally admitted) are expected to make satisfactory progress toward a specific academic degree. This includes

  • Maintaining a GPA of 3.00 or better for all courses taken as a graduate student and for courses included in the graduate program.
  • Participating in a creative activity such as a thesis. Additional details on satisfactory progress as defined by the Graduate School are found in the Graduate Catalog section on dismissal.
  • Meeting departmental or program requirements.

Many programs have program-specific guidelines for satisfactory progressThe following process is recommended for programs to use in the development of program-specific satisfactory progress guidelines:

  • The program develops satisfactory progress guidelines.
  • The program notifies students of the guidelines in a booklet or on a program website.
  • The program evaluates the progress of students regularly (at least annually, preferably more often).
  • The program informs students who are deficient in meeting satisfactory progress guidelines of their deficiencies and explains steps needed to comply with the guidelines.
  • If deficiencies persist, the program notifies the student in writing (letter, memo or email) that the student is being recommended to the Graduate School for dismissal.
  • The Graduate School sets a registration hold on the student.
  • The student may appeal to the program for reconsideration or may apply for admission to a different degree program. If the appeal is successful or if the student is accepted into a different program, the registration hold is removed.