DNP Program Progression Review Policy

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Academic Performance and Progression

for Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The academic performance and progression of each student enrolled in the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program 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 assistance and support that they need.

The DNP Progression Review Committee (“Committee”) is a subcommittee of the DNP Executive Committee (DNPEC) and is charged with monitoring academic performance and progression of all DNP students.  The Committee is composed of five voting members: a chair and four additional members.  The chair of the Committee will be appointed from the existing membership of the DNPEC.  Chair responsibilities include: oversight of the process of constituting and maintaining the Committee’s membership; administration of the Committee’s meetings; and biannual report of the Committee’s activities to the DNPEC.  The Committee members are appointed by the DNPEC and must be faculty that teach or advise students in the DNP program.  All members of the Committee will serve for a one-year term, renewable for up to three terms.  The Director of the DNP Program and the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs 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 a grade of 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
  • Are non-compliant with health and safety requirements at any point in an academic term
  • Have been recommended for review by their academic advisor based upon one or more of the following circumstances:
    • Student ending second year (MSN to DNP) or third year (BSN to DNP) of full time study without a scheduled DNP project proposal defense
    • Student ending third year (MSN to DNP) or fourth year (BSN to DNP) of full time study without a scheduled DNP project final defense
    • Other: advisor or student requests progression review

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.

At the end of each semester, the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs forwards the names of all DNP students and their grades to the Chair of the Committee and the DNP Program Director.  In addition, near the end of each fall and spring semester, the DNP Program Director will query academic advisors to identify students who will require progression review.  The DNP Program Director will forward these names to the Chair.

The DNP Program Director will notify by email all students who will be reviewed prior to the Committee’s meeting.  The student being reviewed will not be present during the meeting but may submit a written statement to the Committee.

During the meeting, the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs will present the academic records of all students who are being reviewed by the Committee during the Committee’s meeting. The Director of the DNP Program will also present relevant information received from the student, course faculty and/or the Advanced Practice Area Coordinator, as applicable.  In addition, the Committee may request information from other individuals who may have pertinent information regarding a student’s academic or clinical performance.

Any member of the Committee who has a conflict of interest with a specific progression case under review (e.g., involved in teaching the course where the issue arose) may present information to the Committee but must recuse himself or herself from the decision portion of the meeting. 

After receiving all of the information described above, the Committee will discuss the student’s performance and vote upon 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 be required to perform specific remedial work and/or to repeat the 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 from the program.

Shortly after the meeting of the Committee, the Chair will send a letter to the student describing the Committee’s decisions.  Copies will also be sent to the Office of Student Affairs for placement in the student’s academic file and to the Director of DNP Program.  In cases in which dismissal from the program is the Committee’s decision, the letter also will contain the Committee-specific requirements for readmission, and the process for appeal.  The DNP Program Director will then notify the student’s academic advisor, and if applicable, the student’s Advanced Practice Area Coordinator and the Graduate School of the decisions.  The student may appeal the Progression Review Committee’s decision to the Dean. All appeals must be in writing and signed by the student. They must contain a summary of the evidence and arguments that the student believes supports his or her position in the appeal. Appeals should be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the next succeeding regular semester.

Approved by DNP-EC 10/7/13

Last reviewed/modified: August, 2013

Adopted by the faculty: 12/9/13