Each Fall the Department of Anthropology conducts a review of graduate student performance. Each continuing student submits a brief annual report of his or her activities and contributions for the previous academic year; first year students need not submit a report. The Department of Anthropology’s Administrator maintains a dossier of essential data for each student, and relevant details should be included in the student’s report. This information includes the names and contact details of all advisory committee members, the dates of the MA and PhD exams, dates of submission of the plans of study, the date of completion of the language requirement, and the date of submission of the PhD prospectus. Other relevant information includes details of coursework, papers published or presented, professional meetings attended, grants or prizes received, and similar accomplishments.
The Graduate Committee normally holds its annual Graduate Student Evaluation Meeting in October or early November. Prior to the meeting, the major advisor, in consultation with the student’s advisory committee, submits a brief report summarizing the student’s progress to the Graduate Committee, allowing adequate time for the report to be read by committee members prior to their meeting. The committee evaluates students based upon student transcripts, student annual reports, and the reports from major advisors. Following the meeting, students receive letters informing them whether their progress is satisfactory, and summarizing any relevant findings of the evaluation process.