Doctoral

MIS Ph.D. Policies

These policies are in addition to those described elsewhere in these pages including the Degree Requirements and other policy pages in the Policies section to the left.

Advisory Committee

The student’s Advisory (coursework) Committee chairperson shall be named during the first semester of the student's enrollment in the program. Approval of the members of the Advisory Committee by the DISC Ph.D. Coordinator is required. This committee has primary responsibility for:

  • Structuring the coursework program and insuring that all program requirements and equivalencies are satisfied.
  • Monitoring the student's progress.
  • Supervising the oral comprehensive examination.

Annual Review

Consistent with Bauer Guidelines, each candidate will be formally evaluated on an annual basis. This evaluation will encompass the following aspects of the students' performance:

  • Performance in coursework.
  • Performance as a teaching/research assistant.
  • Performance in research and participation in the DISC related research seminar series
  • Progress toward completion of degree.

Form Of The Evaluation

The evaluation will be conducted by the DISC Ph.D. coordinator with input from DISC faculty. After considering all relevant information including, but not limited to, that provided by the chairperson of that candidate's Advisory Committee or Dissertation Committee and the student's faculty research or teaching mentors, one of four recommendations will be made to the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs:

  1. The candidate's progress is satisfactory in all regards, and the candidate should be retained in the program.
  2. The candidate's progress is unsatisfactory in some regards, and the candidate should be carefully counseled and monitored to eliminate these deficiencies.
  3. The candidate's progress is unsatisfactory and gives cause for serious concern, and the candidate should be placed on probation with a specified time for correcting the noted deficiencies.
  4. The candidate's progress does not warrant continuation in the program and the candidate should be dismissed from the program.

Written copies of the evaluation will be transmitted to the candidate, the chairperson of that candidate's Advisory Committee or Dissertation Committee, and the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs.

Dismissal From Program

In the event that the recommendation is dismissal from the program, a majority vote by the tenure-track faculty in the DISC area is required. Consistent with Bauer Guidelines, the action of dismissing a candidate from doctoral program is the responsibility of the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs.


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