Online Grading Instructions for Howdy

Grading Periods

Grading periods for the Texas A&M University School of Law, College of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Dentistry, Rangel College of Pharmacy, and Texas A&M University at Qatar may vary according to program and respective academic calendars.

Standard grading periods are scheduled as follows:
Grading Period Details
Final, End of Semester Grading (Non-Degree Candidate)
  • Courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the Friday before final, end of semester grades are due and that were not graded during the semester’s previous grading periods are graded during the Final, End of Semester Grading period.
  • Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the day after the final class day of the semester.
  • Grades are due by noon on the Monday following Commencement.
  • The online grading system is unavailable from 6 p.m. (noon in August) the day before the first scheduled Commencement ceremony until 8 a.m. the morning of the first scheduled Commencement ceremony. This is to allow the Office of the Registrar to process grades and run final evaluations for graduation clearance.
  • Final, end of semester grades not posted by the Final, End of Semester Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
Degree Candidate Grading
  • Courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the Friday before final, end of semester grades are due and that were not graded during the semester’s previous grading periods are graded during the Degree Candidate Grading period.
  • Grading for Degree Candidates begins at 8 a.m. on the day after the final class day of the semester.
  • Grades are due on the day before the first scheduled Commencement.
    • During the fall and spring semesters, the deadline is 6 p.m.
    • During the summer semester, the deadline is noon.
  • Degree Candidate grades not posted by the Degree Candidate Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
  • Note: Non-degree candidate grades may be submitted at the same time you submit Degree Candidate grades.
Intersession Grading
  • Most intersession ("minimester") courses that take place between regular sessions are graded at the beginning of the regular semester which follows the intersession course.
  • Intersession courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the Friday before the start of the semester are graded during the Intersession Grading period.
  • Courses scheduled in parts of term that end after Intersession Grading begins are graded during the next available grading period.
  • Intersession Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the Friday before the start of the semester.
  • Intersession grades are due by noon on the first Friday of the semester.
  • Intersession grades not posted by the Intersession Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
Midterm Grading
  • Midterm Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the Monday of the seventh week of the semester.
  • Midterm grades are due by noon on Monday of the eighth week of the semester.
  • Midterm grades are only posted during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Midterm grades not posted by the Midterm Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’. Grade Changes are not processed for midterm grades.
Fall or Spring Intrasession Grading
  • Fall and Spring intrasession courses that begin and/or end on dates other than the traditional semester begin and end dates are graded either at midterm or at the end of the semester (depending on the dates of the course).
  • Fall or spring intrasession courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the day grading begins for Midterm Grading and that were not graded during the semester’s previous grading periods are graded during the Fall or Spring Intrasession Grading period.
  • Fall or spring intrasession courses that end after the Fall or Spring Intrasession Grading period begins are graded during the next available grading period.
  • Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the Monday of the seventh week of the semester.
  • Grades are due by noon on Monday of the eighth week of the semester.
  • Fall or spring intrasession grades not posted by the Fall or Spring Intrasession Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
Summer Intrasession Grading
  • Summer intrasession courses that begin and/or end on dates other than the traditional semester begin and end dates are graded either at first summer session final grading or at the end of the semester (depending on the dates of the course).
  • Summer intrasession courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the last class day of the first summer session and that were not graded during the semester’s pervious grading periods are graded during the Intrasession Grading period.
  • Summer intrasession courses that end after the Summer Intrasession Grading period begins are graded during the next available grading period.
  • Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the day after the last class day of the first summer session.
  • Grades are due by noon on the Friday following first summer session finals.
  • Summer intrasession grades not posted by the Summer Intrasession Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
First Summer Session Final Grading
  • Summer courses scheduled in the first summer session part of term are graded during the First Summer Session Final Grading period.
  • Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the day after the final class day of the first summer session.
  • Grades are due by noon on the Friday following first summer session finals.
  • First summer session final grades not posted by the First Summer Session Final Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
Late Grading
  • Courses scheduled with an official end date on or before the Friday before the start of the upcoming semester and that were not graded during the semester’s previous grading periods are graded during the Late Grading period.
  • Grading begins at 8 a.m. on the Friday before the start of the upcoming semester.
  • Grades are due by noon on the first Friday of the upcoming semester.
  • Grades not posted by the Late Grading period deadline are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
  • Courses that end after the Late Grading period begins are graded with grades of ‘X’ and require a Grade Change Report form for each student in order to post the appropriate grade earned.
 

Grading deadlines are hard deadlines.  The ability to enter grades is turned off at the deadline.

Posting Grades in Howdy

  1. Open a browser and go to howdy.tamu.edu. You will need your NetID and password to log into Howdy.
  2. Once logged in, click on the "Faculty/Teaching" tab.
  3. In the "Instructor Class Management" channel, click on "Class Roster and Syllabus." Select the correct term and campus from the drop-down menu and click "Submit." A list of the courses you have been assigned to teach will be displayed.
  4. Under the "Roster" column, click on the "View" link of the course for which you wish to begin posting grades. This will bring up the roster for the course.
  5. Click on any of the "Enter" links in the "Final" column. This will bring you to the grading roster for your course.
  6. Starting at the top of your roster, click on the drop-down menu under the "Grade" column. You will see listed the grade options from which you can choose. Click on the appropriate grade and move to the next student on the list. Continue until you have entered grades for all students on the grade roster.
  7. When you have entered grades for all the students, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the roster. Clicking "Submit" will save the grades as you have entered them. You will see a statement near the top of your grading roster, alerting you that grades have been received.
  8. Once you have finished posting grades for all students in the course, click on the "My Courses" link at the top of the roster. This will take you back to the list of courses you are teaching. If you are teaching other courses, begin at step #4 and post grades for those courses.
  1. Open a browser and go to howdy.tamu.edu. You will need your NetID and password to log into Howdy.
  2. Once logged in, click on the "Faculty/Teaching" tab.
  3. In the "Instructor Class Management" channel, click on "Class Roster and Syllabus." Select the correct term and campus from the drop-down menu and click "Submit." A list of the courses you have been assigned to teach will be displayed.
  4. Under the "Roster" column, click on the "View" link of the course for which you wish to begin posting grades. This will bring up the roster for the course.
  5. Click on the "Degree Candidates" link near the top of the roster list. This will bring up a list of ONLY those students who are Degree Candidates. Click on any of the "Enter" links in the "Final" column. This will bring you to the grading roster for Degree Candidates in your course.
  6. Starting at the top of your roster, click on the drop-down menu under the "Grade" column. You will see listed the grade options from which you can choose. Click on the appropriate grade and move to the next student on the list. Continue until you have entered grades for all students on the grading roster.
  7. When you have entered grades for all the students, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the roster. Clicking "Submit" will save the grades as you have entered them. You will see a statement near the top of your grading roster, alerting you that grades have been received.
  8. Once you have finished posting grades for all Degree Candidates in the course, click on the "My Courses" link at the top of the roster. This will take you back to the list of courses you are teaching. If you are teaching other courses with Degree Candidates, begin at step #4 and post grades for those courses.
  1. Open a browser and go to howdy.tamu.edu. You will need your NetID and password to log into Howdy.
  2. Once logged in, click on the "Faculty/Teaching" tab.
  3. In the "Instructor Class Management" channel, click on "Class Roster and Syllabus." Select the correct term and campus from the drop-down menu and click "Submit." A list of the courses you have been assigned to teach will be displayed.
  4. Under the "Roster" column, click on the "View" link of the course for which you wish to begin posting grades. This will bring up the roster for the course.
  5. From here, you may do one of two things to narrow your roster down to just those students who require midterm grades.
    1. Click on the "Midterm Grade Recipients" link near the top of the roster list. This will bring up a list of ONLY those students who require midterm grades. Click on any of the "Enter" links in the "Midterm" column. This will bring you to the grading roster.

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    2. Click on any of the "Enter" links in the "Midterm" column. This will bring you to the grading roster, listing ONLY those students who require midterm grades.
  6. Starting at the top of your roster, click on the drop-down menu under the "Grade" column. You will see listed the grade options from which you can choose. Click on the appropriate grade and move to the next student on the list. Continue until you have entered grades for all students on the grade roster.
  7. When you have entered grades for all the students, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the roster. This will save the grades as you have entered them. You will see a statement near the top of your grading roster, alerting you that grades have been received.
  8. Once you have finished posting grades for all students in the course, click on the "My Courses" link at the top of the grade roster. This will take you back to the list of courses you are teaching. If you have other courses with students that require midterm grades, begin at step #4 and post grades for those courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will see a statement near the top of your grading roster, alerting you that grades have been received. Also, exit from the grade roster and then open the roster for the course again. If your grades have been posted, you will see them listed in the "Final" column. Finally, someone with Compass access can go to the SFASLST form and see grades that have been posted for the course.
Until the deadline for the grading period, you will be able to return to your grading roster and make corrections to the grades you have entered, if necessary. To do so, click on one of the grades in the "Final" column to re-enter the grade roster. Once the deadline has passed, you will no longer be able to make changes to the grades.
If you have more than 25 students in your course, you will notice a list of "Record Sets" at the bottom of the roster, listing 25 students for each record set. When you finish grading the 25 students on your screen, you can click on one of the other record sets. This will auto-submit the grades you have entered on the current page, and will bring up the next 25 students on the roster set on which you click.
Near the top of the grade roster, you will see a warning stating, "Please submit the grades often. There is a 60 minute time limit starting at time am/pm on date for this page." This means you have 60 minutes from the time you accessed the grade roster before the system will time out, and you will lose what you have entered so far. In order to avoid timing out, we recommend you click on the "Submit" button periodically, whether you are finished entering grades or not, to restart your 60 minute time limit. When you click "Submit," you will notice the time will reset to the current time. You can submit grades as frequently as you wish.
If additional graders are needed, course administrators (those responsible for maintaining faculty load and course enrollment limits) may authorize additional individuals to enter grades in Howdy by assigning them the "Grader" role on the SWASECT form in Compass.
You may submit your grades to Compass through the eCampus Grade Center. View help documentation for this procedure on ITS Docs. If you need help using eCampus, contact Instructional Technology Services at itshelp@tamu.edu, or (979) 458-3417.
Entry of information in the "Absences" column is optional. If you wish to have a record of absences, you may enter a number in the field. If you do not, leave it blank.
The "Updated Final" column of the roster reflects any grade changes submitted after the grading period has closed. So, if you request the grade you originally posted for a student to be changed, you will be able to view that change in the "Updated Final" column.

General Information

If you have questions about how to enter and submit grades, please feel free to contact the Records Section of the Office of the Registrar at (979)845-1003 or records@tamu.edu. Galveston instructors may contact (409)740-4416 for assistance. In addition, there is a "How to Grade Your Courses - Instructor" guide and video and a "How to Grade Your Courses - Associate" guide in the "Learn about the Instructor/Advisor Tab" channel on the "Instructor/Advisor" tab in Howdy.