Student Progress Review (SPR)
The Student Progress Review (SPR) requirememt was implemented in 2017 at the request of students and faculty to support the regular exchange of constructive, written feedback between advisees and advisors. It codifies a process for research degree students and their special committees to have at least one formal conversation per year about academic progress and future plans. Using the SPR form, students are asked to reflect on their recent accomplishments, identify challenges, and set goals. Committee chairs then review their students' SPR forms and enter constructive feedback. Chairs indicate whether progress has been excellent, satisfactory, needs improvement, or is unsatisfactory. Feedback that is documented on the SPR will be made available to the student, all members of the student's special committee, and the DSG/GFA of the student's field.
View Sample SPR form (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is required to complete a SPR? ANSWER: All MA, MS, and doctoral students in who are in the second year of their program or beyond must complete a SPR form each academic year.
What is the deadline for me to complete my SPR? ANSWER: While the Graduate school simply requires that one PPR be completed each academic year, many fields set their own timeline for students and faculty to complete the SPR. To confirm when the SPR is required for your field please contact your GFA or DGS.
How long will it take me to fill out the SPR form? ANSWER: For most students it should not be difficult to complete the self-reflection and goal-setting portions of the SPR process. If you run into difficulties or have questions it may be helpful to discuss these with your advisor. The online form allows you to save your responses and return later.
Some of the questions on the SPR don't seem relevant to me. What should do? ANSWER: While most questions on the SPR form will be generally applicable to students across a range of fields and academic disciplines, some questions might not apply to your specific situation. It's perfectly acceptable to note that a question is "Not Applicable," or to contact your advisor or GFA for more specific instructions.
Who will see my comments? ANSWER: The purpose of the SPR form is to document, in writing, a conversation that should be happening between students and their mentors so the the primary audience of the competed form is, of course, the student and the special committee. Graduate fields provide support and oversight to this advising relationship so the DGS and the GFA will also have access to completed forms. The final SPR, with comments from both the student and advisor, will be added to the student's file. Staff of the Graduate School will not regularly review SPRs but may contact students who receive ratings of "needs improvement" or "unsatisfactory" to help develop support plans.