How do students know if they are making “satisfactory progress” toward their degree?

At UF, all students are on semester-based contracts. These contracts start at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Prior to starting a new contract, the PI (the Ph.D. advisor) provides feedback to the student via an evaluation and re-appointment form, collected and maintained by Human Resources (HR). In these forms, the advisor is able to comment on the student’s progress to date, the expectations for the student over the next semester, and their proficiency in a variety of broad skills necessary to obtain their degree. To maintain satisfactory progress, students must meet the Ph.D. qualifying criteria (described above), be in good academic standing, and/or not received two unsatisfactory performance reviews in a row.

If you have questions about the HR side of these reviews, email for clarification or a copy of these evaluation forms.