In the main student grid, you will notice several key pieces of information next to each student’s name: Category, Absences and At-Risk.
Category is a specific way to “group” similar students together. For instance, you may organize students into sports categories (e.g. Football and Billiards). However, your institution may elect to define categories differently. Some institutions elect to define categories as the student’s major, while others define categories as extra-curricular activities. This solely depends on how you have your students currently grouped in your Student Information System.
How are Categories used in GradesFirst? When importing your data into GradesFirst, Categoriies are imported along with student data to define your grouping of students. This information is extremely helpful for reporting and sorting purposes. For instance, I can print ANY report in GradesFirst for just a specific category of students. Categories are also visible on most of our student grids, so it is a great visual aid as well.
Note: Categories should be automatically defined, and assigned, by your administrator. So if you find that your students are not assigned any categories, please let your administrator know.