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TE Comprehensive Exams: Resources for Advisors


Department Rubrics: Option 1 and Option 2
These are the rubrics used to evaluate the Department Level pieces. These rubrics may be adopted or adapted by committees to evaluate committee pieces.
Committee Rubrics: Lit Reviews




COMMITTEE-LEVEL COMPS ARTIFACTS
Protocols for Advisors


Option 1 Committee Piece

Writing the Committee Question
The student and the advisor together write a question suitable for the student to answer in an essay of 10-20 pages in 10 days. It is appropriate to design a question that allows the student to synthesize prior learning and prepare for dissertation research. The student and the guidance committee establish the question, the research parameters, the evaluation rubric, and the timing for the Committee Question.

Due Date for Committee Piece
The Department Comps Committee will suggest a due date for submission of the Committee Piece that is 10 days after the second Department exam. However, guidance committees can be flexible about the 10-day period for the student to respond to the committee question. Flexibility pertains especially if the Committee Piece has an oral component, which means that the committee needs to meet face to face. Students and advisors should discuss the due date for committee comps piece and agree on an appropriate date that is close to the suggested date.

Summative Evaluation of Committee Pieces
1. The student sends the Committee Piece to the advisor.
2. The student and advisor decide on a rubric for evaluation of the Committee Piece. You may use the Department Piece rubric, or you may devise your own rubric. For a Committee Piece in a genre other than a research report, you will probably want to devise your own rubric suitable for the genre of the piece.
3. The advisor sends the Committee Piece, the evaluation rubric, instructions, and due date to the committee members and the external reviewer.
4. Committee-level reviewers send evaluations and substantive comments to the advisor by the requested due date.
5. The advisor compiles the committee’s evaluations and, in negotiation with committee members, makes an overall judgment of Pass, Revise, or Fail for the Committee Piece.

Revisions of Committee Pieces
We ask that any required revisions of Committee Pieces be completed within one year of the comprehensive exams.
(Option 1 Department Pieces must be revised within the same semester as comps are taken.)

Reporting Summative Evaluations of Committee Pieces
The advisor reports to the chair of the Department Comps Committee 1) if the Committee Piece has been evaluated as Fail, and 2) when the Committee Piece has been evaluated as Pass.
The chair of the Department Comps Committee will report both department-level and committee-level results to the college and graduate school.




Option 2 Committee Pieces

Due Date for Committee Pieces
The Department Comps Committee will suggest a due date for submission of Committee Pieces; however, guidance committees can be flexible about that date. Flexibility pertains especially when one of the committee artifacts has an oral component, which means that the committee needs to meet face-to-face. Students and advisors should discuss the due date for committee comps pieces and agree on an appropriate date that is close to the suggested date.

Summative Evaluation of Committee Pieces
1. The student sends both Committee Pieces to the advisor.
2. The student and advisor decide on a rubric for evaluation of the Committee Pieces. You may use the Department Piece rubric, or you may devise your own rubric. For Committee Pieces in genres other than research reports, you will probably want to devise your own rubric suitable for the genre of the piece.
2. The advisor sends artifacts, rubrics, evaluation instructions, and evaluation due date to the committee members and the external reviewer.
3. Committee-level reviewers send evaluations and substantive comments to the advisor by the requested due date.
4. The advisor compiles the committee’s evaluations and, in negotiation with committee members, makes an overall judgment of Pass, Revise, or Fail for each piece.

Revisions of Committee Pieces
We ask that any required revisions be completed within a year of the comps date.

Reporting Summative Evaluations of Committee Pieces
The advisor reports to the chair of the Department Comps Committee 1) if either artifact has been evaluated as Fail, and 2) when both committee comps artifacts have been evaluated as Pass.

The chair of the Department Comps Committee will report both department-level and committee-level results to the college and graduate school.


Pending policy questions

Here are some issues that are being considered by the Comps Committee and the DEC. It would be wonderful to have lots of input on these questions.

1. Should both Option 1 and 2 be retained?
2. If Option 1 and 2 are retained, should any revisions be made to their format?
  • Should the number of comps artifacts be reduced from 3 to 2?
  • Should Option 1 questions include questions on methodology? (methodology questions have never been included in Option 1 before)