Academic Affairs

Registration Open for January Mentor Training Session

The Graduate School will offer Mentor Training for graduate faculty Jan. 7, 9:30-4:00.  The session will be held face-to-face in the Student Union. 

Join the 170 faculty who have already completed this training and rated it a good use of time.  The curriculum comes from the Center for the Improvement of the Mentored Experience in Research (CIMER) at the University of Wisconsin. It is highly interactive and includes a variety of useful resources and tools. 

Attendance is limited to 16, so please sign-up early using this form:  https://forms.gle/RskUcL6TzS3RNkmy5

Note: All participants are asked to wear a mask. 

Get Ready for Fall Commencement

Commencement is planned for Dec. 17-18 in the Dale F. Halton Arena located in the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

Graduating students can pick up their regalia (caps and gowns) at the campus bookstore, located in the Popp Martin Student Union, through November 30. 

Academic Affairs provides more information on Commencement Ceremonies and how to reserve your cap and gown.

Take Action Soon on Catalog Changes

If you need to make changes to next year’s Graduate Catalog for standardized test requirements/changes, please note that October 31 is the strongly recommended deadline for ‘Course Revision’ proposals to be launched and approved by the originator via Curriculog. The earlier you start, the more likely the proposal will reach final approval in time for Fall 2022 implementation, registration, and publication in the 2022-2023 Catalogs. See all Course and Curriculum Deadlines.

New Grade Mode Introduced for Doctoral Dissertation and Master’s Thesis Research

Last Spring the Faculty Council approved a new grade mode option for graduate research credit.  Beginning Fall 2021 the default grade mode for Doctoral Dissertation Research and Master’s Thesis Research will be Satisfactory Progress /Unsatisfactory Progress (SP/UP).

Programs that offer a MASTER’ S THESIS option may request that a Standard Letter grade (A, B, C, U) be assigned instead of SP/UP grades by contacting the Graduate School no later than October 1, 2021.

You will find the Grade of SP/UP (Satisfactory Progress/ Unsatisfactory Progress) Option in the 2021-22 Graduate Catalog under Degree Requirements and Academic Policies/ Grading and Related Policies.

You will find more information specific to Master’s Thesis Research under Degree Requirements and Academic Policies/ Master’s Degree Requirements.

If you have questions, please contact Sandra.Krause@uncc.edu

Some Doctoral Students May Get Advanced Standing

Doctoral students who enter with a relevant master’s degree may be admitted to an Advanced Standing track in some doctoral programs.

In those programs offering this option, the Graduate Program Director must recommend  admission to the Advanced Standing track for the term in which the student begins their graduate study.

Please send these requests to Sandra.Krause@uncc.edu.

 

Online Catalog Update Petitions Available

Students may now submit 2021-22 catalog update  requests through the Graduate Academic Petition system. As a reminder, Catalog Update petitions are automatically processed under the term in which they were submitted. This means that if you submit a Catalog Update petition during the Fall 2021 term, the student’s catalog will reflect the NEW 2021-22 catalog.

 

Spring/Summer 2021 Graduation Statistics

Spring/Summer 2021 Graduation Statistics

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the following statistics for Spring/Summer 2021 graduation:

Spring 2021:

Docs – 99

Masters – 981

Certs – 322

Total – 1402

Summer 2021:

Docs – 43

Masters – 203

Certs – 62

Total – 308

Congratulations to our hard-working faculty and staff for moving the class through during these difficult times.

Dean's Dissertation Award Goes to Carrier

Tyler Carrier, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 2020, is the 2021 Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award winner in Biological Sciences/Life Sciences for his work on “Symbiosis Across Diet-Induced Phenotypes of Larval Sea Urchins.”

Read more at the Graduate School.

Key Considerations to Prepare for Fall Semester

Following are some tips to help prepare for a successful start of the fall semester:
  • Catalog Update Petitions
Students must wait to submit 2021-22 Catalog Update petitions until the fall 2021 semester begins. Catalog Update petitions are automatically processed under the term in which they were submitted.  This means that if you submit a Catalog Update petition during the Summer 2021 term, the student’s catalog will reflect the current 2020-21 catalog. To update a student’s catalog to the upcoming 2021-22 catalog, the petition will need to be submitted after the first day of fall classes, Aug. 23.
  • Advanced Standing Track Requests for Doctoral Programs
Doctoral students who enter with a relevant master’s degree may be admitted to an Advanced Standing track in some doctoral programs. In those programs offering this option, the Graduate Program Director must recommend admission to the Advanced Standing track for the term in which the student begins their graduate study. Please send these requests to Sandra.Krause@uncc.edu.
  • Incomplete Grades that will Default to Unsatisfactory
If you have a student that has been assigned an Incomplete grade (I) that will default to Unsatisfactory (U) at the end of the summer semester, the grade must be assigned and submitted no later than August 16, 2021 to avoid suspension or termination. The Graduate School will communicate with individual instructors as well.

Direct Email Added for Petition Questions

The Graduate School has added a direct email address for students and faculty questions about graduate petitions.  The email address, gpetitionhelp@uncc.edu, will more quickly route such questions to the right person on staff.
For questions regarding the change, please contact Janet Morse, Janet.Morse@uncc.edu.