Academic Performance and Progression for Master’s Program Students

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The academic performance and progression of each student enrolled in the School of Nursing Master’s programs (MSN and Post-MSN) is regularly monitored to assure timely progression to degree.  The purpose of this review is to make certain that each student is making satisfactory progress in her/his program of study based upon stated criteria established by the School of Nursing and the University.  This review also provides an opportunity for students who are having difficulties to obtain the help and support they need.

Requirements for Graduation

A student becomes a candidate for the Master’s degree upon acceptance and matriculation into the program.  The Advanced Practice Area Coordinator in the student’s practice area will provide information regarding the program’s academic requirements to each student at the time of matriculation.

The Master’s Progression Review Committee

The Master’s Progression Review Committee (“Committee”) is the body responsible for monitoring academic performance and progression of students.  The Committee is composed of five voting members: a chair, a representative from each academic Division, and one at-large member.  The Committee members are appointed by the Master’s Executive Committee and must be faculty that teach or advise students in the Master’s programs.  The Chair of the Committee is an existing member of the Master’s Executive Committee and is appointed by the Master’s Executive Committee.  All members of the Committee serve for a one-year term.  The Director of Master’s Programs and the Assistant Dean of the OSA serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members of the Committee.

The Committee will meet to conduct progression review shortly following receipt of the grades by the School of Nursing Registrar at the end of each semester.  The Committee will review all students who:

  • Are on academic probation
  • Received an L or F
  • Have unresolved temporary grades such as IN, AB, or NG
  • Withdrew from a required course in the past semester or have requested a retroactive withdrawal
  • Were non-compliant with health and safety requirements at any point in an academic term

Additional meetings of the Committee will occur under special circumstances during the semester, for instance, to address a student’s non-compliance with health and safety requirements or unexpected student progression concerns.

Shortly after receipt of the semester grades by the School of Nursing registrar, the Assistant Dean of the OSA notifies the Chair of the Committee and the Director of Master’s Programs of students who meet the criteria for review.  During the Committee meeting, the Assistant Dean of the OSA will present the academic records of all students meeting the criteria for review.  The Director of the Master’s Programs will present relevant information received from the student, course faculty, and/or the Advanced Practice Area Coordinator.  In addition, the Committee may request information from other individuals who may have pertinent information regarding a student’s academic or clinical performance.  The student being reviewed will not be present during the meeting but may submit a written statement to the Committee through the Master’s Programs Director. Any member of the Committee who has a conflict of interest (e.g., involved in teaching the course where the issue arose) with a specific progression case under review may present information to the Committee but must recuse himself or herself from the decision portion of the meeting.

After reviewing all of the information, the Committee will discuss the student’s performance and vote upon the decisions to be made with respect to the student.  A simple majority of the voting members of the Committee is required for any decision regarding a student’s progression in the program.  The student may be warned that he or she is progressing at a rate that will negatively impact his or her time to graduation or may be required to perform specific remedial work or to repeat coursework.  The student may also be placed on academic probation or, if in the judgment of the Committee, the student does not show sufficient promise to continue in the program, the Committee may dismiss the student.

Shortly following the meeting of the Committee, the Chair will send a letter to the student describing the Committee’s decision with copies sent to the OSA for placement in the student’s academic file and to the Director of Master’s Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs.  In cases in which the Committee has dismissed a student from the program, the letter also will contain the Committee-specific requirements for readmission and the process for appeal. Dismissal from the School does not constitute dismissal from the University.

The Program Director will then notify the student’s Advanced Practice Area Coordinator, academic advisor, and The Graduate School (if applicable) of the determination.  Students have the right to appeal the progression decision in writing to the Dean in the School of Nursing no later than the end of the first week of classes in the subsequent semester.

Approved 9/9/2013, MEC