Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I track my PDP progress?

An online system called “MyPoints” is used to track student PDP point progress. The tracking process is triggered when a student ID is entered into the system (most often, when the ID is swiped in or out of a PDP event). MyPoints sends an immediate email to the student to confirm the system entry. A student’s entire PDP point progress is viewable in a mobile-friendly online portal at business.missouri.edu/MyPoints.

NOTE: Looking for Blackboard? As of January 2016, Blackboard is no longer the place for students to find their PDP record. All records are reflected in the MyPoints system.

I can’t log in to the MyPoints system. What should I do?

Students who have transferred into the College of Business may take up to one month for their information to be available on the MyPoints system. After one month, if a student cannot log in using their pawprint and password, please contact the PDP office via email to mubuspdp@missouri.edu or stop in the office at 304 Cornell Hall. In the meantime, students can go ahead and attend PDP workshops/events and scan their student ID card at entry. Information is collected upon swipe and saved to the student’s ID number. When the student transfer is processed, the activity associated with that ID number should connect with other identifying information and reflect in the student’s MyPoints record. There are no guarantees for this, however, and we highly recommend that students make a note of the name, date and time of each PDP event attended. That way, if anything does not automatically transfer through to the MyPoints record we can more easily find and connect the ID number information in our attendance files.

I think there is a problem with my record in MyPoints. What should I do?

The information in the MyPoints account is a complete and up-to-date documentation of all of the PDP attendance we are aware of for each student. However, If you suspect there is an issue with your record, please email mubuspdp@missouri.edu with a detailed description of the issue.  As much as possible, narrow in on the date and time of any session you believe is missing from your record to help us re-check the data for that event. Students are always welcome to ask the person swiping their card if the swipe registered. And we encourage students to check their MyPoints account regularly and to manage any disputes in a timely manner.

Do students need to earn the full 70 points before applying to the upper level?

No. Students don’t need to complete all of the requirements before they APPLY for upper level, only by the end of the semester in which they apply. That means that you still need to meet the application deadline to fill out the application paperwork, but then you have the entire semester to finish your requirements.

I have other obligations, how am I supposed to meet PDP requirements?

The PDP program is a graduation requirement, and the idea is that students weigh their professional development activities much like their coursework. That being said, workshops for the program are planned out specifically so that students who plan ahead can manage PDP sessions along with other obligations. Workshops are scheduled on different days of the week, as well as morning, afternoon and online options over the course of the semester. The full semester calendar of PDP events/workshops is available at the beginning of each semester so that students can plan ahead.

I’m finished with academic requirements, but still need to attend a PDP workshop. What is the process?

If you still need to attend a PDP workshop and are not currently enrolled in coursework, you must contact your Academic Advisor to determine what other requirements and/or processes, if any, are needed to graduate. There is no fee specifically associated with returning in order to complete PDP workshop requirements. Students in this situation are still subject to first-come, first-in for the room capacity. Please arrive early and/or choose an event that accepts registration in order to assure you will be able to complete the workshop at the date and time you are on campus.

Where can I find more information about PDP point opportunities?

Please refer to the PDP Point Opportunity Syllabus under “Related Links” on right-hand side of the PDP page of the TCoB website for additional information.

Do I have to make a reservation for an in-person event?

No. Students are encouraged to make a reservation because in-person events do occasionally reach capacity. Making a reservation is the best way to avoid missing an event you wanted to attend.

Here’s how it works: If there is any doubt that the room will be over capacity on the day of the event, only students with a reservation will be admitted up until the published start time of the event. After that time, students waiting in line for a possible walk-in spot will be admitted on a FIRST COME, FIRST IN BASIS up to the capacity of the room. 

NOTE: Students must be physically present in the line in order to be considered in the queue; place marking with a backpack, coat or other belonging without you there OR having a proxy stand in line for you is not permitted and students who attempt to do so will be required to move to the end of the line.

NOTE: A number of events for PDP points are actually hosted by another department/organization on campus (and they have requested the event to be an official PDP experience). In these circumstances, the reservation system is run by the host organization and will likely be different.

Can I make as many reservations as I want?

Yes! However, The Professional Development Program office reserves the right to cancel reservations by any student that is abusing the reservation system. Examples of reservation system abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question
  • A pattern of no-shows at events that have been reserved
  • Any attempt to transfer reservations or profit from reservations made (see Academic Integrity Warning in the question above).

Is there a penalty if I make a reservation and then do not show up?

This is called a “no-show." Students who demonstrate a pattern of no-shows may lose the privilege of making reservations. The Professional Development Program office reserves the right to cancel reservations by any student that is abusing the reservation system. Examples of reservation system abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question
  • A pattern of no-shows at events that have been reserved
  • Any attempt to transfer reservations or profit from reservations made (see Academic Integrity Warning above).

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Online Events

How do online PDP experiences work?

The PDP office will use your registration information to enroll you in a Canvas “course.” You can expect to receive an invitation to the Canvas experience a few days before the start date. To complete the experience, you will work through steps in a module at your own pace and according to the specific requirements of the online experience. For example, you may be instructed to watch a video, write a reflection paragraph, read an article, watch a lecture, take a quiz or any variety of these. All of the information you need will be included in the Canvas site.

I want to participate in more than one event with this start date. Can I register for all events at once?

Yes. However, each event requires a separate reservation. Open each event individually to access the reservation page for that particular event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact the Professional Development Program at Cornell Hall 304 or via e-mail at mubuspdp@missouri.edu.

Can I transfer my registration if I decide I don’t want to do the online PDP?

No. Reservations are non-transferrable. Your reservation is set up for online access ONLY for person whose pawprint Student ID number was entered into the reservation system. If you can no longer participate, please log in to Eventbrite and cancel your original reservation. You can also email the PDP office and let us know your name, student ID number, start date and name of the event that you cannot attend and request that we cancel it for you.

What happens if I ask for help from someone who has done this PDP before?

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WARNING: Any attempt to circumvent the PDP reservation system, secure a reservation for any reason outside of your own personal attendance for this event, or not complete the work yourself can be considered a violation of Academic Integrity, and is subject to consequences therein.

Can I make as many reservations as I want?

Yes! However, the Professional Development Program office reserves the right to cancel reservations by any student that is abusing the reservation system. Examples of reservation system abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question
  • A pattern of no-shows at events that have been reserved
  • Any attempt to transfer reservations or profit from reservations made (see Academic Integrity Warning above).

Is there a penalty if I make a reservation and then do not participate?

This is called a “no-show." Students who demonstrate a pattern of no-shows may lose the privilege of making reservations. Please see the Academic Integrity Warning above.