Faculty Resources

Grading Policies

Grading Recommendations

The MBA Committee recommends the grade distribution outlined below. This distribution is intended to encourage some uniformity in grading in the MBA program(s) and to set expectations for the students. In addition, the distribution will give new faculty and adjunct faculty clear guidelines for grading purposes.

Program A Range B Range C, D, F range
PMBA Core <=50% >=50% As needed for lack of mastery
PMBA Electives <=60% >=40% As needed for lack of mastery
Full-time Core <=50% >=50% As needed for lack of mastery
Full-time Electives <=60% >= 40% As needed for lack of mastery
EMBA <=70% >=30% As needed for lack of mastery
Intl. Exec MBA <=50% >=50% As needed for lack of mastery
  1. The distribution is only recommended.
  2. The distribution will not be suitable for all classes. For instance, faculty teaching a small-enrollment elective or seminar may not choose to give any grades of C, D, or F. Similarly, the grading distribution would not be appropriate for directed readings courses.
  3. From time to time, a faculty member may decide that the distribution does not apply to a standard class. For instance, the class may perform particularly well or poorly. The faculty member should, in his or her syllabus, reserve the right to vary the distribution.
  4. We recommend the faculty use total enrollment at the end of the first seven weeks of class or when the Attend List is made available, as the measure of the number of students in the class on which to base the percentage of various grades. Students who drop after this day may be counted in the percentage of students receiving an F for the course.

Early Grade Reporting

Given PMBA students often receive reimbursement for classes, we provide an early grade listing on official letterhead from our office each semester indicating the course taken and the grade they earned to receive employer reimbursement.

Course grades are due within one week of the course end date, given our fall and spring semesters are 12-13 weeks in length. Within a week of you posting course grades, we will mail early grade listings to students.

Online Grade Reporting in MAUI

The University of Iowa requires that grades be submitted online through the MAUI system. Your class lists are also available in MAUI. To use MAUI, you will need a HawkID and password. Please contact your academic departmental administrator to obtain your HawkID if you have not received one to date.

Please consult with your departmental administrator to confirm the process for submitting grades for graduate courses. (Some graduate-level courses may have different or additional procedures to what is noted here.)

  • Login to MAUI at maui.uiowa.edu with your HawkID and password.
  • Click on the "Registrar" tab. Then click the "Grade Administration" link under the "Grade Management" header.
  • You will see several helpful links:  1) Course Grades; 2) Grade Administration Help; and 3) Course Grade Change.
  • You will enter your grades using the "Course Grades" link by clicking on the appropriate course, final list column.
  • Walk-through steps and screenshots are available under the "Grade Administration Help" link.
  • If you need further assistance in using MAUI, contact your departmental administrator.

Grade Changes in MAUI

  • Login to MAUI at maui.uiowa.edu.
  • Click on the "Registrar" tab and then the "Grade Administration" link.
  • Click on the "Course Grade Change" link under the "Course Grade Management" header.
  • Enter your course information and click on "View Roster" button.
  • Follow the appropriate instructions to make the grade change. Specific step-by-step instructions can be found under the "Grade Administration Help" link.

FERPA Training

The college strongly recommends that you complete the 15-minute online FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) training even though it is not required for you to submit your grades or have access to your class list via the web. FERPA training provides you with the most up-to-date information regarding the proper use of student information (posting of grades, information that can be used or not used in recommendation letters, and the release of information to third parties, to name a few).

To sign up for a training session:

  1. Log into your Employee Self Service.
  2. Click the "Personal" tab, then "My Training" (Under Learning and Development), then "Available On-Line Courses", then "FERPA Training".

Reminders Regarding Grade Posting and Student Privacy

To avoid violations of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), the university requires that you DO NOT:

  • at any time use any part of the social security number or student ID in a public posting of grades
  • ever link the name of a student with that student's social security number in any public manner
  • leave graded tests in a stack for students to pick up by sorting through the papers of all students
  • circulate a printed class list with the student's name, social security number, student ID, or grades as an attendance roster
  • discuss the progress of any student with anyone other than the student without the consent of the student
  • provide anyone with lists of students enrolled in your classes for any commercial purpose
  • provide anyone with student schedules or assist anyone other than university employees in finding a student on campus

Faculty may find additional information on the Office of the Registrar's website.