Psy.D. Degree

Practicum Grading and Remediation

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 Training Progress Reprot (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)

P (Pass) is a permanent grade indicating clinical performance at expected levels on the TPR and timely submission of all required practicum paperwork for that semester. In awarding a Pass for any semester of practicum, the DCT will 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 semester 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.

U (Unsatisfactory)

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, termination from a practicum site due to unacceptable performance or due to repeated failure to submit required practicum paperwork 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).

I (Incomplete)

I (Incomplete) is a temporary grade indicating that a student has not completed some required aspect of the practicum experiences for the semester or is in the process of remediating identified performance concerns that did not automatically lead to a grade of “U”. Once the missing practicum activities or remediation is completed, a permanent grade will be assigned.  In addition, a grade of “I” will be used when the DCT is awaiting a TPR or practicum paperwork from the practicum supervisor or site.  Submission of the missing paperwork 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 paperwork is not submitted on time, a grade of “U” may be given. 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".

XU

XU is given when a student successfully engaged in practicum activities for part of a term but did not complete the entire term or officially withdraw.

NU

NU is given when no record that the student attended or participated in practicum activities during the term exists and the student did not officially withdraw.

W (Withdrew)

W (Withdrew) is a permanent grade indicating that a student dropped a class or withdrew from the university consistent with the university’s approved timeline or successfully petitioned to withdraw.

Practicum Remediation

Remediation is required if a student is not judged to be performing at the program’s expected levels of competence in Practicum (PSI 9971-PSI 9974). Unsatisfactory performance may be indicated on the TPR or in other written communication between the supervisor and/or site, the DCT, and the student. Remediation will be required when ratings on the TPR indicate unsatisfactory overall performance, when performance in any domain(s) evaluated on the TPR is judged to be unsatisfactory, and/or when other written evaluation from the supervisor and/or site indicates unsatisfactory performance.   

Upon receipt of documentation of unsatisfactory performance on practicum, the DCT will discuss the identified unsatisfactory performance, feedback provided to the student, and measures already taken to address the performance concerns with the supervisor/site training director and student. If it is deemed that formal remediation is required to address the unsatisfactory performance, a remediation plan will be developed in collaboration with the supervisor/site training director, student, and DCT. The DCT will consult with the student’s academic advisor in the development of the practicum remediation plan.  Student’s progress on the remediation plan will be formally reviewed at the mid-point and end-point as designated in the developed remediation plan.  Upon completion of the remediation, progress on the identified goals will be documented by the DCT in consultation with the supervisor/site training director and student. If remediation is unsuccessful, it will be considered a failing grade. For specific grades related to remediation, refer to the Practicum Grading Policy.  

September 24, 2018