Students receive and may solicit counsel on their academic and professional progress from their department faculty or program director throughout the semester. The judgment of satisfactory academic and professional progress of each student is vested in the faculty of the department.
To monitor academic and professional progress, each department has an Academic and Professional Progress Committee (APPC) consisting of teaching faculty of the department. The APPC will meet at the end of each semester, and more often if needed, to review the progress of each student.
The APPC analyzes each student’s overall academic, clinical, and professional performance and makes recommendations in writing to the Dean regarding each student’s academic and professional progress. The APPC may recommend that the Dean commend, promote, retain, place on or continue probation, suspend, or dismiss a student. Recommendations may also include, but are not limited to:
- Individualizing course sequence and selection.
- Modifying standard timing and sequence of coursework.
- Repeating courses.
- Adding courses to strengthen basic competencies.
- Assigning specialized academic and/or clinical projects.
- Making program modifications to allow for higher-level work and advanced studies for students making exceptional progress.
When a student's semester grades and/or clinical and/or professional performance do not constitute required progress, that student is informed of the recommendations of the Academic and Professional Progress Committee by letter from the Dean, which includes the Dean’s decision and necessary sanctions.