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What Constitutes Adequate Academic Progress?

Academic Progress in CAS

Adequate Academic Progress in the Communication Arts & Sciences Department is determined by three separate criteria: The considered judgments of a student's advisor and committee, regular and consistent progress toward meeting the milestones of one's degree program, and meeting the degree requirements of both the department and Graduate School.

Information regarding the department's degree requirements for the MA degree and for the Ph.D. degree are located in the appropriate folders of the Graduate Handbook. Information about the appropriate time to meet each major degree milestone is located in the descriptions of the MA Calendar and Ph.D. Calendar located in the appropriate folders of the Graduate Handbook.

Annual Review

The judgments of an advisor and committee on a student's academic progress may be considered at any moment during the course of a student's program. That said, the department has instituted an annual review process that takes place in March and April of each year.

In late February, Matt Lahrman will send to each graduate student a set of forms and an invitation to begin the annual review process. Students are required to fill out the forms, which detail the progress that they have made over the course of the last year. Students are then required to schedule a meeting with their advisor to discuss the information on the documents and any additional issues that the student or advisor believe to be relevant to the review process.

Students and advisors are encouraged to discuss issues related to coursework, professional development, methodology training, and, especially, the milestones of each degree program. Advisor's rate each student's performance as "unsatisfactory," "satisfactory," "superior" or "not applicable" in the areas of Academic Progress, Research/Thesis/Dissertation, and Teaching. In addition, advisors may establish goals and/or provide written feedback to students in anticipation of the coming year.

Once advisors have provided their written feedback, students review these statements, sign the necessary paperwork, and provide all documentation to Matt Lahrman. The Graduate Studies Director and Officer will collate this information and write a formal letter to the student that summarizes their status. A copy of this letter and the accompanying materials is placed in to the student's official file.