Your Course Gradescale

If you’re like most faculty – you’re using some sort of gradescale to calculate the overall course letter grade students earn as a result of accomplishing certain tasks in your course(s).

As such, it’s important to make sure that the gradescale being used in the course site is the same one  you’ve published in your official as the gradescale.  If you’re using a 10 point scale in your syllabus, make sure you check out the My Grades>Settings>Grading Schema, to make sure they’re the same.

If they’re not, adjust the My Grades>Settings>Grading Schema to be the same as what you have published in your syllabus. To do so:

  1. In the course go to My Grades (Gradebook)>Settings>Grading Schema
  2. Alter the Minimum Percentage column entries as needed.
  3. Once done, select Save Changes at the bottom.

Keep in mind that A+ grades cannot be recorded on student transcripts (an A is the highest recorded grade). As such then, you can just use the Remove button to remove that mapping of the gradebook scale, and Save Changes at the bottom of the scale settings page.

It’s critical to make sure what you decide to use or what’s mandated by the school your course falls under is used in the course site calculation gradebook. As each school and/or course may use a slightly different scale, faculty have access to modify the scale as needed based on how the course is designed.


Grading Scale Update – Checking the Grading Scale in Sakai

As part of the annual end of the year meetings last year – the university adopted a formalized grading scale.  As stated in the current catalog (page 294) “All Johnson professors use this scale unless the unique demands of their subject matter require a different approach. In such cases, the alternative grade scale appears in the course syllabus“. The grading scale is:


To modify the grade scale in a course (Sakai does not use the new scale as the default when creating new courses):

  1. Go to Gradebook>Course Grade Options and modify the minimum % column to the following:
    A+ = 101
    A = 97
    A- = 94
    B+ = 91
    B = 87
    B- = 84
    C+ = 81
    C = 77
    C- = 74
    D+ = 71
    D = 68
    D- = 65
    F = 0
  2. The scale above does NOT make adjustment for rounding up.  If so, adjust the minimum % by .5 accordingly.
  3. Once done, be sure to click the SAVE button to apply the scale changes to the course’s grade book (and student grades).