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From the Provost

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Midterm Grades for All Students

The fall 2018 Banner midterm grading window has been open since 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, and will close at 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 26. Please note that the Academic Standards Office no longer sends out paper rosters to encourage midterm grading; rather, I am encouraging faculty members to enter midterm grades for all students this semester. In addition to entering an estimated midterm grade, faculty members can mark how regularly a student has attended a course by entering 0 (never attended), 1 (sporadic, unsatisfactory attendance), or 2 (consistent, satisfactory attendance) in the “Hours Attended” field. Students will be able to view their grades in Degree Works as the grades are entered, and advisers can use either Degree Works or copies of midterm grading reports that are available through their deans’ offices.

Thank you to all faculty members who entered midterm grades in Banner for the spring 2018 semester. Banner midterm grades allow advisers, department chairs, and associate deans to academically guide students before the pass/fail and course withdrawal deadline, if needed. Your early, regular, and ongoing feedback to the students in your courses—through Blackboard, the Bengal Success Portal (Starfish), in-class conferences, Banner midterm grades, and other ways—allows students to have a realistic picture of their standing in your courses that helps motivate them to act in ways that will improve their academic standing.