Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
|Is ranking calculated?
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| Is honors status awarded?
How is ranking
Students are ranked as standing in the top, middle or bottom third
of the class.
How is honors status
About 25% of a class typically achieves honors status in each course, depending
on the course director’s decision as to the level of performance required for
How is competency in
a course determined?
Competency in a course is determined through assessment tools depending on
the course content and the year of study. Assessment tools may include written exams,
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case-based tests, case presentations,
portfolio reviews and quarterly evaluations.
How is the language
in Deans’ letters crafted?
The Dean of Students, Dr. Laureen Zubiaurre, writes the
compilations for the Dean’s letter. Please consult her for additional
What else should
program directors know?
The grading policy is Honors/Pass/Fail. Student standing (top, middle or bottom
third of the class) is based on the ratio between Honors and Pass grades for
the different courses. Honors grades are weighted proportionately to the size
of the course and to the number of Honors grades awarded in the course. At the
end of year 3, the vice dean and the associate dean for student affairs review
total class performance based on hour-weighted grades (H, P, F) to divide the
class into thirds, as reported in the Institution Evaluation.
For questions, please
Letty Moss-Salentijn, Ph.D., D.D.S.
Vice Dean Academic Affairs