Performance and Progress Policies

Admission to the Master of Education Program allows students to continue graduate study at the University of Washington Bothell only as long as they maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of their graduate degree program. Standards for satisfactory performance and factors that can lead to termination are identified and discussed below.

General Expectations for Student Performance and Progress

Upon admission to the University of Washington Bothell Master of Education Program, students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance and progress toward fulfillment of the degree requirements. In evaluating student performance and progress, Education Program faculty will review (1) grade reports, (2) performance during coursework and seminars, (3) research capability, progress, and performance, and (4) any other information relevant to graduate program academic requirements. Student progress and performance is determined (but not limited) by the following criteria:

Performance in the fulfillment of degree program requirements

  • Satisfactory Scholarship. Students will maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Satisfactory Progress Toward Completion of Graduate Degree. Students will enroll in and satisfactorily complete one or more classes each quarter, unless “on-leave status” request has been filed, and satisfactorily complete all other Education Program and Graduate School requirements.
  • Incomplete Grade. Students will complete the work necessary to convert any Incomplete into a passing grade no later than the last day of the following quarter. Courses graded Incomplete (I) will not be considered as indicating satisfactory progress toward completion of their graduate degree.

Performance during informal coursework and seminars

  • Attendance and Participation in Classes. Students will consistently attend classes and participate in class activities.
  • Academic Performance. Students will demonstrate, in their written and oral work, the ability to analyze, synthesize, apply, and evaluate information.
  • Professional Standards. Students will demonstrate academic and professional integrity.

Research capability, progress, and achievement

  • Students will demonstrate through their coursework and classroom discussions and activities that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to conceptualize and produce an acceptable Completion Dossier.

Academic Performance

Students are expected to demonstrate, in their written and oral work, satisfactory academic performance. Satisfactory academic performance is indicated by these behaviors:

  • Analyzing and conceptualizing clear and concise ideas
  • Synthesizing relationships among ideas and concepts
  • Demonstrating understanding of educational theories
  • Applying theories to class assignments and discussions
  • Conceptualizing and organizing well-written papers

Participation in Classes

Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and consistently and appropriately participate in class activities. Attendance and participation are required so students can fully benefit from the UW Bothell Education Program. Classes in the Education Program frequently include cooperative learning, small group discussions, and other activities that require collaboration. These kinds of activities cannot be made up. When these collaborative activities are missed, the student and the student’s colleagues are put at a disadvantage.

Students are expected to arrive for class on time and remain in class for the entire session. Students who consistently arrive late for class or leave class early can disrupt the class as well as miss important information and experiences. Punctuality and responsibility are indicators of professionalism, commitment, and dedication to the field of education.

At the end of each quarter, faculty may review a student’s participation in class to determine whether the student demonstrated a pattern of participation below that expected of graduate students. Level of participation in class, instances of absences and tardiness may be considered in assessing the student’s pattern of participation. After discussing information on participation, the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty, in accordance with the Suggested Guidelines for Change of Status Action, will prepare a recommendation for each student who does not, in the faculty’s professional opinion, demonstrate satisfactory participation.

Professional Conduct and Character

Students are expected to conduct themselves as professionals at the University of Washington Bothell. As such, they should not engage in behavior that could negatively affect the learning environment of peers or interfere with a faculty member’s ability to perform his or her responsibilities.

Students are expected to work collaboratively with peers, participate in classroom activities, and remain attentive during class. Students must demonstrate professional attitudes and attributes of good character in the classroom and in all practicum settings.

Students are expected to avoid all situations that might call their academic or professional integrity or good character into question. Academic and professional integrity and good character require that students maintain high standards of ethical behavior and honesty in all written work and in communication with faculty and administrators.

Low Scholarship

Students whose cumulative or quarterly grade point average (GPA) falls below a 3.0 will be reviewed quarterly. Each quarter, the UW Bothell Education Program Director will review the Low Scholarship Report and report his or her findings to the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty. Faculty will discuss each student and respond according to the Suggested Guidelines for Change of Status Action. In evaluating each student, faculty will consider the student’s grades in reference to the student’s actions:

  • Progress toward fulfillment of program degree requirements, i.e., consistent enrollment in and completion of one or more classes each quarter
  • Number of times the student has been listed on the Low Scholarship Report
  • Completion of Graduate School requirements for continuation (See UW General Catalog)
     

Suggested Guidelines for Change of Status Action

Recommendations for change in status will be based on the nature and severity of a student’s performance or lack of progress. The Graduate School will be notified when conditions warrant that a student will be warned, placed on probation, placed on final probation, or dismissed. All recommendations for unsatisfactory performance and progress will be accompanied by (1) a well-documented statement of the circumstances involved, (2) an outline of the steps the student must take to maintain his or her graduate student status in good standing, and (3) a timeline for remediation. Students will receive written notification of the action and information regarding the steps that must be taken to maintain their graduate student status in good standing.

Status changes resulting in “No Action” and “Warning” will not appear on the student’s permanent record. Those status changes resulting in probation, final probation, or dismissal will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School and will be recorded by the Registrar on the student’s permanent record.

The Dean of the Graduate School will inform students by letter of any change in their status. Depending on the nature of the status change, students will receive notification of one of the following five possible actions:

No Action

  • Conditions indicate unsatisfactory performance or progress as determined by the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty
  • Problems are minimal
  • Problems are being addressed by the student

If unsatisfactory performance or progress does not improve within one quarter, the student may be placed in Warning status.

Warning

  • Conditions indicate unsatisfactory performance or progress as determined by the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty
  • Cumulative GPA drops slightly below 3.0 (2.99-2.95)
  • Course grade is slightly below a 3.0 (2.99-2.95)
  • Incomplete (I) grade is not removed after one quarter

Probation

  • Conditions indicate unsatisfactory performance or progress as determined by the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty
  • Cumulative GPA drops below 3.0
  • Course grade is below a 3.0
  • Incomplete (I) grade is not removed after one quarter
  • Deficiency that caused a previous warning action has not been corrected
  • Sudden and substantial departure from the UW Bothell Education Program’s requirements for satisfactory performance and progress

Probationary status will be no less than one quarter and no more than two quarters. Removal of the student from probationary status will depend upon the student’s performance given the established timeline.

The UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty will review the records of students who received a warning or were placed on probation the previous quarter to determine if satisfactory progress was made. If satisfactory progress was not made, the students will be placed on final probation and the Graduate School will be so notified by the Director of the Education Program.

Final Probation

  • Previous condition(s) that resulted in a warning or probationary status have not been corrected within the time limit specified by the UW Bothell Education Program
  • Demonstrated unsatisfactory performance or progress as determined by the UW Bothell Education Program Graduate Faculty
  • Sudden and substantial departure from the UW Bothell Education Program’s requirements for satisfactory performance and progress

Once placed on Final Probation, the student will be dismissed if satisfactory progress is not made by the end of the quarter. A student will be carried on final probation status for one quarter before being changed to another status.

Dismissal

  • Previous condition(s) that resulted in a warning, probationary, or final probationary status has not been corrected within the time limit specified by the UW Bothell Education Program
  • Sudden and substantial departure from the UW Bothell Education Program’s requirements for satisfactory performance and progress

A dismissal recommendation is a final action and means immediate dismissal from the University of Washington Bothell Master of Education Degree Program.

Appeals

Students may appeal change of status directly to the University of Washington Bothell Education Program Director and then to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Washington Bothell. Appeals must be filed in writing within four weeks after the notification of status change is mailed to the student. Appeals beyond the University of Washington Bothell Vice Chancellor should follow the process outlined in the Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic

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