Importance of Grades
Our students are very sensitive to every small detail related to grades. That's understandable because grades are directly tied to students' scholarships.
Refer to the resources below to know more about grades and grading policy, how to enter grades on SAIS and on Smart, how to handle grade appeals, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Inputting Grades on SAIS
Click on the pdf file (created by the Academic Affairs Team) on the left OR the video to learn how to upload grades on SAIS.
The grading input period opens for a short time (about a week) towards the end of the semester. Grades can only be entered during this window, not before or afterward.
You cannot input grades during the middle of a semester (e.g., after the midterm exam).
You have to manually enter the grades one by one for each student. The system does not allow you to upload a .csv/.xlsx files.
The SAIS website works best with Internet Explorer. However, you can use extensions on Chrome or Edge browsers to open the SAIS website. See SAIS page for more details.
Work-leave students are graded on a PASS / FAIL standard. On the grade input page, work-leave students appear in a separate section below where the regular students are listed (see image).
You still need to enter numerical grades for work-leave students according to the grading breakdown used for the course. (Attendance will listed as 0, but work-leave students received an attendance exemption due to their status.)
In order for a work-leave to receive a status of pass, their overall grade must be at least 60.
In the space where you enter the letter grade, choose P or F, as appropriate.
Handling Grade Appeals and Grade Correction
Click on the pdf file (created by the Academic Affairs Team) on the left and read pages 2-3 to learn how to deal with Grade Appeals from students. This resource also clearly specifies how to do Grade Correction.
Grading appeal and correction period opens for a short time (about a week) towards the end of the semester after the period to enter grades is over.
Please be sure to reply to all grade appeals. Even if you adjust a student's grade, you still need to reply to them what change you've made and why.
Please make sure that you finish your grade entering, answering grade appeals, and submitting grade corrections before committing to activities such as vacations or extended leaves.
Frequently Asked Questions about Grades
Can I bypass the curve (give A's to more than 30% students in a class of more than 25 students)?
Can I make corrections to the attendance scores on SAIS?
I entered all the scores but I forgot to hit the 'Save' button. Now I cannot see the data. How do I retrieve my work?
No one did well in my class and I don't think anyone deserves an A. Is it possible to give only B's or lower scores?
Can I upload a data file (.csv/.xlsx) on SAIS?
I miscalculated a student's score and gave her a B+. Her grade should have been A. Can I change it?
I have 29 students in my class. Can I give A's to 9 students (because 0.3 X 29 = 8.7)?
I have 29 students in my class. Students who are ranked 8 and 9 have the same total. Can I give A's to both of them?
Can I enter students' scores in the middle of the semester on SAIS?
Do you have other questions?
Grading spreadsheet template
If you'd like to use a grading spreadsheet that's set up to accommodate SolBridge specific situations (such as the grading curve system and attendance scoring), a template is available here. If you have suggestions or feedback for the spreadsheet, please contact Prof. Daniel Corks.