2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) 
    
    May 30, 2020  
2017-2018 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Progress Grading


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Doctoral students at Walden University must complete a variety of courses, some of which are taken multiple times until a specific program requirement is completed (e.g., KAMs, the dissertation or doctoral study). Each term, students are graded on their progress: Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). Although the expectation is that students will make satisfactory progress, the following policies relate to instances where a student receives more than one “U” in these courses, indicating lack of adequate academic progress and possible dismissal.

SBSF 7100 and EDUC 8800: Students in KAM-based and some mixed-model programs are enrolled in SBSF 7100 or EDUC 8800 during their entire program, including the quarters when they are working on their dissertation. Students receiving two consecutive Unsatisfactory (U) grades in SBSF 7100 or EDUC 8800 are viewed as not making satisfactory academic progress. For students with an approved prospectus on file with the Office of Student Research Administration and who are in the process of completing their dissertations, two Unsatisfactory (U) grades at any point will be viewed as not making satisfactory academic progress. In either instance, the student will be reviewed by the associate dean or designee for approval to continue in the program.

Doctoral Companions are courses in which students in course-based and mixed-model programs work on the early stages of the capstone, such as the prospectus, but do not earn academic credit. Students must be enrolled in other doctoral coursework while in a companion course. These courses are exempt from the progress grading policy. Current companions include the following courses:

  • DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring
  • DDHA 8901 - Research Forum Companion
  • EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus
  • EDUC 8900 - Dissertation Companion
  • ITEC 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring
  • MGMT 8100 - Dissertation Mentoring
  • NURS 8700 - DNP Project Mentoring
  • PUBH 8900 - Research Forum Companion

Capstone Courses are courses in which students in course-based and some mixed-model programs make progress toward completing their doctoral capstone (i.e., a dissertation, doctoral study, or project study). Students also earn academic credit toward their capstone in these courses, and they remain in the capstone course until completion of the capstone project. Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade in the capstone courses may be required by their program director to engage with specific university student support services, which may result in actions including, but not limited to, enrollment in a student success course. Students receiving two Unsatisfactory (U) grades at any point will be reviewed by the associate dean (or designee) for approval to continue in the program. Current capstone courses include:

  • CRJS 9000 - Dissertation
  • COUN 8560 - Dissertation
  • DDBA 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion
  • DDHA 9100 - DHA Research Capstone
  • EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone
  • EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive
  • EDUC 9001 and EDUC 9002 - Dissertation
  • HLTH 9001 - Health Services Dissertation
  • HLTH 9101 - Dissertation
  • HUMN 9001 - Dissertation
  • ISPY 9000 - Dissertation
  • ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion
  • MGMT 9000 - Dissertation
  • NURS 8701 - DNP Project Completion
  • NURS 9000 - Dissertation
  • PPPA 9000a - Dissertation
  • PSYC 9000 - Dissertation
  • PUBH 9000 and PUBH 9001 - Dissertation
  • PUBH 9100 - Research Forum
  • SOCW 8600 - Action Research Project
  • SOCW 9000 - Dissertation