Midterm Grades Reported Electronically in Pilot

Posted: March 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

With this semester’s midterm grades, about 100 faculty members in several schools and colleges will test the new electronic grade reporting system, reports Registrar Susan Jones.

The School of Information Technology and Engineering, the Graduate School of Education, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Computational Sciences are participating in the pilot, which will test the system in preparation for the university switching entirely over to electronic grade reporting in fall 2002. Training sessions for representatives of the units participating in the pilot began last week. Individual schools and colleges will then train their own faculty.

“The impetus for doing it now rather than waiting for the Banner system implementation is to allow for additional grades,” Jones explains. “The Faculty Senate approved additional grades in May 2000, but the paper forms we are using don’t have room for them.” When the entire university switches over to electronic grading in fall 2002, new grades of A+, C- (for undergraduates), and B- (for graduates) will be permitted.

Jones emphasizes that it is extremely important for all faculty members in the pilot units to activate their George Mason e-mail accounts and to know their employee ID and PIN numbers. E-mail will be used to notify faculty members of their course and section numbers and when their graded sections have been processed. The pilot grading system will be available after spring break through webGMU. It will also be used for final grades in May and for the summer session.

Jones plans to report the results of the midterm grading pilot at the April 10 Faculty Senate meeting.

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