October 5, 2022 - Forward Momentum

photo of provost amy thompsonDear Colleagues,

Timing is critical when it comes to student success. As you know, we are piloting the optional process for faculty to submit midterm grades this semester so students can assess where they stand in your course. Issuing midterm grades is a high-impact practice for student success and provides our faculty and our student success staff the ability to provide meaningful interventions that give our students ample time to course-correct if they are in academic difficulty. After midterm grades are issued, academic advisors and success coaches will reach out to students with deficiency grades to help facilitate a plan of action. Our students have said they are eager to receive midterm grades, which underscores the seriousness they take in their academic identity.

Instructors may report midterm grades via Pilot or WINGS Express now through noon on Wednesday, October 12. The reporting method is the same as reporting final grades, except there will be an additional option for midterm grades. All students receiving midterm grades will also receive follow-up emails from Student Success and advising staff, offering access to appropriate student support, tutoring, or just giving a pat on the back for a job well done.

Download instructions on pushing midterm and final grades from Pilot to Banner (PDF).

Download instructions for entering grades in WINGS Express (PDF).

Additional information about grading is available on the grading website.

As this is a new initiative, we want your feedback so we can improve the faculty experience.  A survey will go out to all instructors during the week of October 24. Students will also be surveyed on their experiences with midterm grading.

Faculty Affairs: Important Reminders and Information

October 7: Deadline to submit NTE Promotion Document for Senior Lecturer/Clinical Assistant Professor to Department Chair (N13.5.4 and Appendix D NTE)

October 17: Professional Development Leave proposals due to College Dean (Article T29.5.1)

Search Updates

We appreciate the feedback given regarding the search for the director of adult and online learning. We will be continuing this search in hopes of finding the appropriate candidate. An updated job description for this position will be posted soon.

The search for the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science has been launched. Additional information, including the position description and members of the search committee, can be found on the executive search website.


  1. Strategic Plan 2023-2025 – final listening sessions this Friday.

    Join the Strategic Plan working groups for three final virtual listening sessions this Friday, October 7. The full schedule and links to join are available on the Strategic Plan website.

    For those unable to attend the live sessions, recordings and feedback surveys will be available on the Strategic Plan 2023-2025 website.
  2. Research and Sponsored Programs will host two upcoming GrantForward workshops via Zoom. GrantForward is a funding search database.

    Do you wonder how to find funding opportunities that are an exact match for your research or how to find the perfect grant opportunity to move your research forward? Learn from the experts! Representatives from GrantForward will provide valuable and insightful information on how to navigate through the world’s largest research opportunities database to search for grants with powerful filters and receive personalized grant recommendations based on your research profiles. For additional information, contact Marianne Shreck at Marianne.shreck@wright.edu.

    October 6 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
    October 7 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
  3. Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI) will host a DAGSI/SOCHE workshop at Wright State on October 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This will be available in person in 101 NEC or on Webex.

    If you are involved with DAGSI, it is important to attend in person, if possible. As Wright State is the host institution, we encourage all interested faculty to attend.
  4. Free flu vaccines for benefit-eligible employees. Additional information, including scheduling your appointment, can be found at wright.edu/event/wright-state-employee-health-screenings/flu-vaccines.

When a Student Needs Support

Wright.edu/help is a great resource for helping students or making referrals. This site contains contact information for emergency or essential departments that can assist your students all in one location.

Have a great week and thank you for all that you do for our students!


Amy Thompson, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs