Create a Student Checklist
In addition to the checklist that admins use, it would be nice for the admin to be able to create a student checklist that the student must check off before a thesis/dissertation can be submitted for review.
For example, our students must have included a signed title page in the manuscript, or they must have included a signed/dated institutional library release, etc. This “actionable” checklist can be a part of submission requirements that must be checked off by the student before the student is allowed to submit the manuscript for review. This will cut down on a lot of “decision” emails asking for inclusion of certain items because students tend to forget these small pieces. This list should also be easily editable by the main admin of each institution – that way it isn’t a canned list but is one that can be modified based on individual institution requirements. If institutions do not want to use it, they should have the option (under “Manage Site”) to simply turn it off.
Diane Kinney commented
I wish I could upvote this a thousand times. At my institution, students are submitting their work to ETD Admin very close to their graduation-paperwork deadline, so they rush through the instructions we give them--having something that forces them to read a little more carefully can only help.