Today, June 12, is the last day of Spring quarter, 2009. For many hundreds of students, it also marks the successful completion of their studies at our University. To them, the Office of the University Registrar offers its most heartfelt congratulations on their achievement.
The University of Washington’s 134th Commencement Ceremony is upon us! Students at the Tacoma campus take part in their commencement ceremony today; those at the Bothell campus do so on Sunday. On Saturday, the Seattle campus will be thronged by graduates in their gowns, faculty in academic regalia, distinguished speakers, and thousands upon thousands of proud family members come to watch their loved ones mark this important milestone in their academic careers.
It will be a busy weekend for the greater UW community. Again, the OUR extends its congratulations and wishes everyone graduates, their families, UW faculty and staff, and those who make such events possible a safe and joyous celebration.
This post is an update to a previous entry, available here: Faculty: Spring into web grading this quarter.
Graph of web grading submissions for SPR09.
Many faculty are taking advantage of Web Grading’s convenience to submit grades early. In fact, four times as many faculty 65% of whom are new to Web Grading this quarter have submitted spring quarter grades over the web than they did for the same period in winter quarter! And those faculty have submitted six times as many grades as this time in winter quarter: over 1,900 so far. By comparison, no grades would have been available on the 11th day of the grading period prior to web grading’s launch last quarter.
Although final grades for most University courses will not be available until finals week, the successful early adoption of Web Grading by faculty whose classes are able to be graded at this time is a good leading indicator for the rest of the quarter.
What does this early adoption mean for students? Most importantly, it offers peace of mind to those who know their grades more than a week before they would under paper-based grading. For instance: They know their financial aid won’t be jeopardized by late grades. It also provides a student ample time to discuss a grade with the instructor before either leaves for break.
The Office of the University Registrar again thanks OIM, UW Technology, Catalyst, and all of our collaborators for creating the Web Grading system. It gives convenience and the gift of precious time to hundreds (soon thousands) of our faculty. For tens of thousands of students, it ensures peace of mind and the timely granting of financial aid, honors, course prerequisites, and a long list of other benefits.
Registrar Todd Mildon recently encouraged faculty to submit Spring quarter 2009 grades via Catalyst’s Web GradeBook. That message is reposted below.
I am writing to encourage you to submit spring quarter grades online to Graduations and Academic Records through the Catalyst GradeBook tool.
The online grading service is open and available now through June 15. I hope that it will save you a significant amount of time, and that it will eliminate the delays and frustration associated with our old paper grading process. In addition to the anticipated gains for faculty, I know that students will benefit from the online system’s speed and efficiency when final grades arrive sooner than was reasonably possible in the past.
Thanks to a partnership between my office [The Office of the University Registrar], the Office of Information Management, and UW Technology, we first offered online submission at the end
of winter quarter. Almost 49 percent of all winter grades submitted on time came in online. More importantly, we learned a great deal from this first experience with online submission and have worked since then to make it even easier.
The current spring grading period opened May 26th at 8:00 a.m. and closes June 15th at 5:00 p.m. Please note that after this deadline, grades cannot be submitted online. Please note also that you can submit grades via Catalyst GradeBook even if you have not used it to track grades throughout the quarter.
For instructions on how to get started with online grade submission, please visit this page:
FAQs about online grade submission are answered on the Registrar’s Web site:
If you need assistance with GradeBook, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the University’s grading system or other grade-related questions, please contact the Graduation and Academic Records office at email@example.com, or 206-543-1803.
This post is an update to a previous entry, available here: UW Assistant Registrar named president of state organization.
May 28: Assistant Registrar Tina Miller’s upcoming WaACRAO presidency was highlighted in the “Etc.: campus news & notes” section of this week’s UWeek. The Office of the University Registrar again congratulates Tina on her achievement.
This month’s edition of Highlights, the newsletter published by the Office of Information Management (OIM), recaps a number of important projects going on in that office. Many of these projects span multiple departments, including the Office of the University Registrar, UW Technology, UW Marketing, and others.
You can read the newsletter at OIM’s site, and then refer to the following list of posts on this blog that cover many of the projects in more detail. Each post is grouped by the section of Highlights in which the project is mentioned.
Information for Decision Making
Replace the Base
Enhance and Renew Systems