The advancement document is submitted with the encouragement of the candidate's supervisor.
The Department Committee reviews and votes on the document. Those documents receiving a majority of yes votes at the department level are forwarded to the Dean's Committee.
The Department Head/Unit Leader adds his/her recommendation to #7 on the nomination form.
The Dean's Committee reviews and votes on the document on a preliminary ballot.
The Department Head/Unit Leader has the option of defending a document with less than two-third's yes votes on the preliminary ballot. Following the defense, the Dean's Committee makes a final vote on the document.
A document with two-third's yes votes on the final ballot is forwarded to the Dean for final approval/disapproval.