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Using Grading Schemes in Canvas

A grading scheme is a set of criteria that measures varying levels of achievement in a course. Without a grading scheme, scores are not measured against any specific standard. It is important that you enable and accurately implement a grading scheme in your Canvas course that matches the information you provide in your course syllabus.

Important information about Grade Schemes:

Grade schemes are required to submit final grades from Canvas to REGIS. Rutgers Grade Sync tool will allow assigned graders to submit the course letter grade in Canvas to the Rutgers student information systems. See Rutgers REGIS Grade Sync.

Rutgers Grade Scales vary by Department or School. Review your grading scheme carefully and ensure that it aligns with school or departmental policy. (Most Legacy Rutgers departments and schools will not accept B- or C- grades.)

Copying content will copy over the Grade Scheme. When using the Course Copy Content feature, customized grading scheme will be brought over to the new course site.

Grade Scheme Instructions


Step 1: Open Course Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.
screenshot of Name and Course Code fields

Step 2: Enable course grading Scheme

Make sure that you are on the Course Details tab at the top of the page. Scroll down to the Grading Scheme option and check the box.Click the Set grading scheme link that appears just below the “Enable course grading scheme” check box.

Setting option to enable grading scheme

Step 3: Manage Grading Schemes

A pop-up window will appear showing the default grading scheme values. The actions you take now depend on whether these grading scheme values match your course syllabus.Select Manage Grading Schemes.

Displaying screen current grade scheme values.

Step 4: Adding a new Grade Scheme

Press the + Add Grading Scheme button in the upper right to create your own custom grading scheme.[1] Name your grading scheme and configure the percentage ranges so that they match what you have in your syllabus.

[2] If you need to add additional rows or remove rows, click the + or x icons.

Edit grade scheme page with title and fields.

Additional Considerations:

  • If you intend to use the Grade SyncTool to transfer final grades from Canvas to REGIS for final grade submission, then an incorrect grading scheme will mean that your final grades will be inaccurate.
  • If you would like to round up (e.g., 89.5 becomes an A), you can use decimals in your grading scheme.
  • Temporary and nonstandard grades must appear in the Canvas grading scheme to be assigned in the gradebook as an override grade. This includes grades such as H, NC, PA, S, TB, TB+, TC, TC+, TD, TF, TNC, TT, TZ, and U. Alternatively, you may submit the temporary grades via REGIS.

Step 5: Selecting a Grade Scheme

In the pop-up window from Step 3, click Select Another Scheme.Locate the grading scheme you just created in the navigation pane on the left. Click on your grading scheme, and then select the Use this grading standard button in the pane on the right.

Search for course by name or ID

Step 6: Save your changes

Press the Done button in the lower right corner of the pop-up window. This will close the pop-up window.Scroll down to the bottom of your course settings page and press the Update Course Details button.

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