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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. Students must be enrolled in other doctoral coursework while in a companion course.
The following doctoral companion courses do not earn academic credit. These courses are exempt from the progress grading policy:
The following doctoral companion courses earn academic credit. Therefore, the progress grading policy is applicable to the following courses:
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: