Overall Feedback and Outcomes (Starting Fall 2022)

At the end of the meeting, the committee will discuss privately the student’s level of competency in key areas based on both the Written and Oral Components of the Exam. The Chair will complete a group rubric based on this discussion, noting any lack of consensus on the form. Each committee member will sign the group form, and provide brief individual feedback on the key strengths and areas for growth (1-2 sentences each). The Chair and Committee will then discuss the outcome with the student based on the rubric to ensure everyone is on the same page as to outcomes, and the rubric is filed with the BME Graduate Office to ensure appropriate expectations for Qualifying Exam were applied to the outcome decision (with copies delivered to the student and all committee members).Possible outcomes are:

At the end of the meeting, the committee will discuss privately the student’s level of competency in key areas based on both the written and oral components of the exam. The Chair (primary mentor) will complete a group rubric based on this discussion, noting any lack of consensus on the form. Each committee member should ensure their specific comments/suggestions/advice are captured on the qualtrics form the student will receive.  The Chair and Committee will then discuss the outcome with the student based on the rubric to ensure everyone is on the same page as to outcomes, and the rubric is filed with the BME Graduate Office to ensure appropriate expectations for the BME Qualifying Exam were applied to the outcome decision.

Possible outcomes are:

  • Pass
    • Specific courses can be suggested or required.
  • Provisional pass (i.e., one or the other component)
    • Written document revision required (based on specific feedback) within 3 weeks. All revisions must demonstrate significant improvement as documented by committee re-review and rubric completion
    • Oral exam must be repeated within 2 months (based on same written document).
  • No Pass (both components have significant issues, or plagiarism or other academic misconduct occurred)
    • Repeat whole process in next semester (not summer)
  • Fail (if student does not pass on 2nd attempt)
    • Student would move to MS option or appropriate alternative program, with guidance and mentoring from BME Grad Program.

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Qualifying Exam Timelines