University of Wisconsin–Madison

Grades and Grading Patterns

Registrar’s Official Grade Distribution Report – The Course Grade Distribution Report is a detailed aggregation of final grades given in each course and section. For courses with more than one section, the report also provides totals for all sections. Department, college and university totals reflect composite grade distributions.

Grade Gap Reports (Ds/Fs/Drops as a Percentage of Enrollments) by Course (for Large Undergraduate Courses)

Course grades of D, F, or drop represent an unsuccessful course outcome. Tabulations of D, F, Drop rates by course are provided to help departments understand course outcomes and identify bottlenecks to degree progression. These tabulations include courses that had at least 100 undergraduates enrolled over the combined fall/spring term and rates for selected demographic groups if there are at least 35 students in a group. Departments interested in more disaggregated data (such as separation of fall/spring terms, disaggregation by instructor, or disaggregation by section) should contact McKinney Austin.

Grading Patterns Within Large Undergraduate Courses

From 2002 to 2009 APIR provided this report to school/college deans offices at the request of the UAPC.  As a result of a 2001 study of grading patterns, the UAPC requested that this report be distributed to deans offices to help them identify large classes that had multiple sections and that had a grade disparity among those sections.