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Student Name:

Date:

Purpose: The purpose of the oral defense of the dissertation proposal is to determine whether the PhD student is adequately prepared to undertake dissertation research.

Assessment Rubric for Defense of Dissertation Proposal


Criteria High Pass (HP) Pass (P) Low Pass (LP) Fail (F) Assessment (HP, P, LP, or F)

Student demonstrates Demonstrates an Demonstrates a good Demonstrates a fair Demonstrates no or little


ability to state a excellent ability describe ability to describe ability describe research ability to describe
problem clearly and research problem. research problem. problem. research problem.
well-conceptualized

Student demonstrates Demonstrates an Demonstrates a good Demonstrates a fair Demonstrates no or little


ability to integrate excellent understanding understanding of relevant understanding of relevant understanding of relevant
relevant literature. of relevant literature. literature. literature. literature.

Student demonstrates Demonstrates an Demonstrates a good Demonstrates a fair Demonstrates no or little


knowledge of excellent knowledge of knowledge of research knowledge of research knowledge of research
appropriate research research and methods. and methods. and methods. and methods.
strategies and methods.
Student demonstrates Demonstrates an Demonstrates a good Demonstrates a fair Demonstrates no or little
ability to orally present excellent ability to ability to present orally ability to present orally ability to present orally
problem, objectives, present orally the the proposed dissertation the proposed dissertation the proposed dissertation
approach and plan for proposed dissertation research. research. research.
dissertation research. research.

Student demonstrates Demonstrates excellent Demonstrates good Demonstrates fair ability Demonstrates no or little
ability to respond to ability to respond to ability to respond to to respond to questions ability to respond to
questions about questions about proposed questions about proposed about proposed questions about proposed
dissertation research. dissertation research. dissertation research. dissertation research. dissertation research.

Overall Assessment

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Dissertation Proposal Examination

Student Name: UID:

Title of Dissertation Proposal: Date:

The oral defense of the above dissertation proposal was completed and the below committee evaluated this proposal defense as:

HIGH PASS PASS LOW PASS FAIL

Doctoral Committee Members Present:

(Dissertation Chair/Advisor) SIGNATURE DATE

(Committee Member) SIGNATURE DATE

(Committee Member) SIGNATURE DATE

(Committee Member) SIGNATURE DATE

(Dean’s Representative) SIGNATURE DATE

(Student) SIGNATURE DATE

Please return this completed form to the Department, Room 1111-B Woods Hall. Thank you.