Supervised Experience is graded on a Pass (P)/Unsatisfactory (U) basis. The Director of Clinical Training (DCT) assigns practicum grades based on consideration of the TPR ratings and comments, any other communication from the supervisor or site, and student adherence to reporting guidelines for practicum forms. All rules and procedures outlined in the General Grading and Remediation Policies section under the SOPP Academic Policies and Procedures apply to the evaluation of Supervised Experience.
Early identification and communication of performance and behavior concerns among the supervisor, student, and OCT are essential for effective intervention and evaluation. Supervisors and trainees are advised to contact the OCT at any time if performance, interpersonal, or organizational problems arise. Specific practicum evaluation criteria are as follows:
P (Pass) is a permanent grade indicating clinical performance at expected levels on the TPR and timely submission of all required reports for that semester. In awarding a Pass for any semester of practicum, the DCTwill clarify the meaning of any "has some problems" ratings with the supervisor, taking into consideration the level of the trainee and progress in the area during the training year. Students may also receive a P grade when they have successfully completed a remediation plan within a particular quarter that results in satisfactory performance in the remediated area(s) along with expected levels of clinical and professional behavior performance on practicum. Repeated remediation, however, within a practicum year or across practica years may be considered a pattern of problematic performance and result in a hearing for termination from the program.
This is a temporary grade indicating that satisfactory progress has been made in a course or seminar that spans semesters. A permanent grade will be assigned upon completion of a project or other course work. (If coursework is not completed in a course that spans a single semester, a grade of Incomplete (I) must be assigned) During the internship year (PSI 9990), students are normally assigned a grade of M each semester unless the mid-year report and/or the final report, or other evaluative report, from the Internship Training Director to SOPP's DCT indicates unsatisfactory or problematic performance. Once the mid-year and final reports are received in SOPP's Office of Clinical Training, the temporary grade of "M" is replaced by a permanent grade of Pass (P) or Unsatisfactory (U) for internship. In the case of practicum (PSI 9971-PSI 9974), a grade of "M" may be used when the DCT is awaiting a TPR or other evaluative documentation from the practicum supervisor or site and there has been no indication of problemic performance. Submission of the missing reports to the OCT will result in the assignment of a permanent grade for that term. If during the same academic year there are multiple terms in which required practicum reports are not submitted on time, a grade of "U" may be given.
I (Incomplete) is a temporary grade indicating that a student has not completed some required aspect of the practicum experiences for the semester. Prior arrangements for completion of the work, specified in an Agreement for the Grade of Incomplete Form, signed by the DCT and the clinical supervisor, must be submitted with the grade sheet. A grade of "I" is not awarded when a student's practicum performance has been found to be Unsatisfactory (U). A grade of "I" which is not resolved prior to the last day of the semester following the semester in which the Incomplete was originally assigned, will automatically change to a permanent grade of "U".
U (Unsatisfactory) is a permanent grade indicating failure to perform at a satisfactory level. In practicum, "U" performance may be indicated by less than acceptable ratings, overall, or in any specific domain on the TPR, in other communication from the clinical supervisor or site, or due to repeated failure to submit required reports on time. A "U" in practicum requires remediation of that semester's work. This remediation may include completing additional semester(s) of practicum and/or completion of other activities deemed appropriate by the clinical supervisor and the DCT to correct the deficits that lead to the "U" grade. In any case, the DCT will work with the practicum supervisor to follow the remediation procedures outlined in section B.2 and B.3 of the SOPP Grading and Remediation Policies. As stated in that policy, "Failure to successfully remediate practicum will result in a hearing for termination from the program" (B.3).
X is a permanent grade indicating that a student did not complete a course or officially withdrew. An X grade carries 0 points per credit hour.