Monitoring of the students - see +
A record of the student's progress is reviewed each semester to ensure that course requirements are being met, and to enable the student to document progress in his or her program. Formal review and approval of the program takes place as part of the student's Dissertation Committee and approval of the Ph.D. thesis proposal.
Self-monitoring - see +
Student self-monitoring is a major concern throughout the program at two distinct levels, as follows.
Level 1: at the level of self-monitoring by the students, in terms of collecting and analyzing students' feedback and implementing necessary changes. The program management will assign a great importance to this area by acting at two different levels. On a first level, this will be done by recognizing that the program possess its own instruments in place, designed to hear the students and to act promptly on problems that they identify, and on their suggestions for improvement. Close contact with the program director and the Scientific Committee allows a bottom-up collection of relevant information and timely reaction to problems identified on a local basis. A second level of activity in this respect will happen at the program management level, by setting up regular meetings with the students and team-building activities designed to give a sense of belonging and to enable the sharing of students program-related experiences.
Level 2, regarding self-monitoring by the students regarding how far their research is shaping up to a successful completion of the program. This is achieved by providing students with clear specifications of the different phases and milestones, and by making sure that adequate information is given to the students by their supervisor(s) and their Dissertation Committees. A major first step in this process is a written thesis proposal, a document that describes in detail the thesis problem statement and proposed plan and method of research, as well as a brief review of the background of the topic and a tentative schedule for the completion of the work. The proposal presentation to the graduate committee serves also as an occasion for a detailed discussion of the proposed research between the student and their graduate committee.
The second and final major step in student self-monitoring process is related to the work throughout the development of the thesis. The document should be a coherent presentation consistent with standards and documentation requirements (such as references) expected of scholarly work. The student is encouraged to consult with all the committee members on a regular basis in order to benefit from their different backgrounds and experiences.
The work is usually equivalent to that which would result in three or four publishable papers. In certain cases, when the student's research has led to the publication of a number of significant peer-reviewed journal articles, the manuscripts for these papers may be directly submitted as the major text for the thesis, with brief introductory and concluding chapters describing the overall theme and context of the papers. Approval of the student's thesis committee is required for this type of thesis.