After passing the candidacy exam, a doctoral student must meet his/her thesis director once a year and fill out the annual report form. This is a good opportunity for the students to receive official feedback from their advisors. The annual report is an online form that must be filled out first by the student, then by his/her advisor and is due to the doctoral program by October 15 every year. The annual reports are reviewed by the EDIC Program Commission to make sure that all doctoral students are making satisfactory academic progress.
Doctoral students starting their second year and those who are within three months of defending their thesis are exempt from filing an annual report. A mid-term evaluation is required six months later for those who failed to get a satisfactory grade in the annual evaluation.