Feedback, Mid Rags, and Don Rags

Evaluation in Torrey is an ongoing process.

Faculty use evaluation opportunities both to promote your growth and to uphold department standards. The feedback you receive will be particular in that it will consider the features and dimensions of your own work. It will be qualitative in that it will evaluate your work in a way that attaches description to and emphasizes quality above scores and grades. It will be developmental in that it will consider and prioritize your growth in skills and learning.

Most evaluation and feedback you receive will come from your mentor. Your mentor gives you that evaluation and feedback most directly at Mid Rags and Don Rags. Throughout your time in Torrey you will receive and may solicit additional feedback from Torrey faculty other than your mentor whenever one is also in a position to speak to you with insight about your performance, strengths, needs, or growth.


You must attend both Mid Rags and Don Rags.

You must bring all the required documentation to Mid Rags and Don Rags.

You must prepare for a curricular discussion for both Mid Rags and Don Rags.


Mid Rags

Don Rags

Mid Rags

Mid Rags are mandatory thirty-minute, one-on-one meetings with your faculty mentor, scheduled by the department as close to the middle of the semester as possible. At Mid Rags, your mentor looks over the first half of your semester’s work and gives you feedback that prepares you for the full and final evaluation at Don Rags.

Mid Rags includes a review of your notebook, a curricular discussion (much like your Don Rags oral exam), and a checkpoint for your paper or project.

Your mentor’s feedback at Mid Rags should help you understand your current performance and should suggest a trajectory for the rest of the semester.

A missed Mid Rags will result in grade penalty.

Don Rags

Your whole semester’s work culminates in Don Rags, at which two tutors review your notebook, conduct your Don Rags oral exam, evaluate the rest of your assignments, and assign your semester grade.

Missing Don Rags results in an automatic reduction of your grade by at least one full letter. It may also result in failure and expulsion from the program if there has been a pattern of irresponsibility. A missed Don Rags cannot necessarily be rescheduled.

You should arrive at your scheduled Don Rags with (1) a completed notebook including Pre-class Notes, In-class Notes, Pull Questions, (2) your books, (3) a completed but unsigned Don Rags form, and (4) a list of lectures you attended.

Your Don Rags will contain a Don Rags discussion as well as faculty evaluation of the rest of your semester’s work. The feedback you’ll receive at Don Rags will include grades and scores but with an eye to your particular accomplishments and growth needs.  

Your Don Rags discussion, which is graded, will comprise most of your meeting. To talk about your semester’s curriculum fluently, you will need to be able to recall material you’ve read, account for your understanding of various books and authors, describe relationships between books, and defend your own estimation of the ideas in the curriculum. In other words, you’ve been preparing and practicing for this discussion all semester long.

Your mentor will calculate your final grade at Don Rags. You will receive both qualitative and quantitative feedback about your assignments. You will leave knowing your grade and possessing a deeper vocabulary regarding your academic performance.


You bring a filled-out but unsigned student Don Rags form to your Don Rags.

This form asks you to testify to your completion of assigned work throughout the semester including but not limited to reading on time, completing notes before class, timely arrival to, attendance at, and participation in every session. You sign the form in front of two faculty members. We expect you to tell the truth.

Lying on the Don Rags form is grounds for dismissal.

If you have not yet become a person of integrity of whom truth-telling can be expected, please notify your mentor who might work with you to provide a more rigorous accountability system until you can be trusted.


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