Master of Nursing

Student Progress, Performance and Evaluation

Student scholarship of progress, performance and evaluation

Overview

Continuing in the Master of Nursing program occurs only as long as students maintain satisfactory performance and progress toward completion of the graduate degree program as outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 16. Students must also meet the requirements found in the University of Washington Student Conduct Code as amplified in the Nursing program's Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuance, and Graduation.

Completion of the Master of Nursing program requires that students make satisfactory progress each quarter; completing the coursework, portfolio and fieldwork requirements, and passing an oral final exam.  All degree requirements must be completed within six years of admission to the program.

Satisfactory progress

A master's student who is making satisfactory progress meets the University and program standards relative to scholarship and performance in pursuit of the master's degree and must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earn a quarterly GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Earn a grade of 2.7 or higher in all coursework.
  • Make adequate progress as demonstrated by a “Credit” grade each enrolled quarter as evaluated by chair of supervisory committee.  A “Credit” grade represents the chair’s evaluation of the student’s scholarly capability, progress, and performance.
  • Meet essential behaviors for continuation and graduation.

Unsatisfactory progress

Students who are having academic difficulties are encouraged to work directly with their course instructor and program advisor. If applicable, they will work directly with their scholarly committee chair. To guide the student toward success, a formal learning contract may be written by the scholarly chair and, as appropriate, by the Graduate Program Coordinator in order to identify the areas of deficiency and specify corrective actions to satisfactorily meet program objectives. The student and faculty sign the learning contract. This learning contract may accompany the warning letter and will be placed in the student file.

If the student is included on the UW Graduate School's Low Scholarship Report, the student may also be recommended for warn, probation, final probation, or drop by Graduate Program Coordinator, the Nursing Director as approved by the majority of the nursing graduate faculty.

Final probation or drop may be recommended by the Graduate Program Coordinator, the Nursing Director to the UW Graduate School due to low grade point average or unsatisfactory performance and progress, and will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School as outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 16. Students will be informed of a change in status by letter from the Dean of the Graduate School.

Review process for low scholarship and unsatisfactory progress

A determination of satisfactory performance and progress may be made upon review of the factors indicated above and consideration of the student's progress relative to other students in the program or to an individually negotiated schedule.

No action

May be recommended for those students whose cumulative GPA is above 3.0 but whose most recent quarter's work is below 3.0, if the review has determined that this condition is not cause for immediate concern.

Warn

  • May be recommended for those students whose cumulative GPA has dropped slightly below 3.0--i.e. 2.99-2.95
  • May be recommended for those students who have failed to meet expectations for performance and progress as determined by the graduate program.

Action taken, as indicated above, will be initiated by the graduate program and reported to the graduate school, but will not appear on the student's permanent record. The department is expected to notify each student in writing.

Probation

  • May be recommended for those students who have not corrected the deficiency which caused the warn action within the time limit specified by the graduate program.
  • May be recommended for those students who depart suddenly and substantially from scholarly achievement as defined by the graduate program. (A previous warning recommendation is not necessary).
  • Programs may determine the length of probationary status. (The Graduate School recommends no less than one quarter and no more than three quarters of probationary status). Students should be informed of the current program policy regarding the length of the probationary period.

Final probation

  • May be recommended for those students who have not corrected the condition(s) that caused the probation recommendation within the time limit specified by the graduate program.
  • May be recommended for those students who fail to progress toward completion of the graduate program. A student will be carried on final probation status for one quarter before being changed to drop, probation, or some other status.

Drop

Final action to be recommended. A drop recommendation means immediate drop from the University of Washington. Therefore, this recommendation must be received in the Graduate School soon after the beginning of the quarter following the quarter on which the decision is based.

Recommendations for action on low grade point average or unsatisfactory performance and progress will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School, and students will be informed of a change in status by letter from the Dean.

Appeals

Students may appeal change of status, as explained above, directly to the Chairperson of the graduate degree granting unit. Appeals beyond this point should follow the process outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic Grievance Procedure.

Action is taken for one (1) quarter only. No action will appear on the transcript for any subsequent quarter unless a recommendation is made to the Dean.

Evaluation procedure

Masters student performance is reviewed on a quarterly and on an annual basis as described below. Student-faculty conferences may be initiated by the student or by a faculty member at any time.

Quarterly review

Quarterly reviews of student not making satisfactory progress as follows are conducted by the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Program Director.

  • Students reported on the Graduate School's Low Scholarship Report includes students earning a cumulative or quarterly G.P.A. less than 3.00.
  • Input will be sought from the the scholarly committee chair and other nursing faculty regarding a listed student.
  • Based on the assessment, may recommend the following actions in writing to the Graduate School regarding a listed student: no action, warn, probation, final probation, or drop.
  • The faculty advisor and/or the supervisory committee chair, and/or program faculty who:
  • Assess student readiness to progress in the program, make progress notes in the student file, and may hold conferences with the student to discuss their progress.
  • Seek input from faculty members if progress is not being made on the scholarly project. If progress is not being made on the scholarly project, faculty members may recommend that the student be sent a letter of warning.
  • At the request of the Graduate Program Coordinator reviews the total record of a student on the Low Scholarship Report to determine if the student is meeting program requirements and making satisfactory progress with the scholarly project, noting the recommendations in the student file.