Graduation Endorsements are created and modified on the Graduation Endorsement Setup page. Filter Pages by "graduation endorsement setup" or navigate to Grade Reporting > Configurations > Graduation Endorsement Setup. 

Graduation Endorsement Structure

Each Graduation Endorsement consists of at least one pathway. Within each pathway, at least one requirement must be created. Within each requirement, at least one course cluster must be created. 

Each course cluster is an option that will fulfill its requirement. If multiple course clusters exist, any one of the course clusters can fulfill its requirement. If multiple requirements exist in the endorsement, all of the requirements must be fulfilled for the student to complete its pathway. If multiple pathways exist, a student who completes any one of the pathways will fulfill the Endorsement.

Each course cluster has a total number of required credits and a list of courses. Courses can be required or not required (but if taken, will count towards the credits needed for the course cluster). Courses can be grouped so that only one choice from the group will count towards the credits. To provide these options, courses in the cluster are grouped using:

  • AND - a specific course is required and will count toward the required credits
  • ANY - any selection of courses, within the set of choices, will count toward the required credits
  • Both AND and ANY - the courses in the AND field are required and will count toward the required credits. Additionally, courses under ANY will count toward the rest of the required credits

Within both the AND and ANY sets of courses, courses can be grouped under an OR setting. When courses are selected together under OR, only one of the courses can be taken for credit towards the requirement. 

The graphic below displays the structure of one requirement containing one course cluster. 

Creating a Graduation Endorsement

The Graduation Endorsement Setup page provides a button for adding a new Endorsement Pathway at the top, with existing Graduation Endorsements listed below. To add a Graduation Endorsement, click the Add Endorsement Pathway button.

In this example, a simple Graduation Endorsement, requiring students to take and receive credit for a Health class, will be created.

On the Add Endorsement Pathway page that displays, the first step is to Add New Endorsement Code (if this is the first pathway created for an Endorsement) or select from the list of codes that have already been created (to add a new pathway to an existing Endorsement). Endorsement Codes can be created here or on the Update Code Table page, by adding codes to the GEP.EC field.  

If adding a new endorsement code here, add a code and a description on the popup that displays and press the Save button:

After selecting Add New Endorsement Code or selecting an existing code, enter a name for the new pathway (the pathway name is a required value). Then press the Add Requirement button:

At least one requirement must be added per pathway. Type in a name for the requirement (the name is a required value). If needed, add a Cohort Range. If the Cohort Range is blank, this requirement applies to all cohorts. If a Cohort Range is added, the requirement only applies to students within the Cohort Range

In the example above, the requirement will only apply to student in the 2019-2020 cohort and beyond. Students in previous cohorts will not have to fulfill this requirement.

The next step is to add a course cluster. Start by pressing the Add Cluster button. The cluster Name is a required field. At least one cluster must be added per requirement.

If the course cluster will contain any courses that are specifically required, press the AND button. The Course Selection popup will be displayed, containing the following course information under headers that can be sorted or filtered:

  • ID (CRS.CN)
  • Title (CRS.CO)
  • St ID or State Course Code (CRS.C3)
  • Sbj or Subject Area (CRS.S1)
  • Lo Gr or Low Grade (CRS.LO)
  • Hi Gr or High Grade (CRS.HI)
  • Cr  or Credit (CRS.CR) 

Courses can be selected from the list or by using the By Sequence or Additional Filters horizontal tabs. First, in the following example, the table is filtered for courses with Titles containing "health." 

Check each course that should be added to the AND category in the course cluster and press the OK button. In this example, courses 22202 and 0817 were selected and added:

To add a course with an OR, press the OR button by the course. The same Course Selection popup will be displayed. Filter the popup as desired to find the appropriate course. Select it by checking the checkbox and press the OK button:

In the example above, course 22202 is required. Additionally, only one of courses 0765 or 0817 is also required. 

Additionally, two accordion tabs at the top of the Course Selection popup allow choosing courses based on an Academic Plan Course Sequence or based on Course Characteristics. Click on the right side of either tab to expand a tab:

To select courses by Course Sequence, expand the By Sequence tab. From the Course Sequence dropdown, choose a Course Sequence. When Add Courses by Sequence is pressed, all of the courses in the sequence will be added to the course cluster and the Course Selection popup.  If any of the courses are not needed, they can be deleted.

To add courses by Course Characteristics, expand the Additional Filters tab. Click inside the Characteristics field and any existing Course Characteristics will be displayed. Select one or multiple Course Characteristics and press Apply Filters

The list of courses will be filtered to only show courses with the associated Course Characteristics. Course Characteristics are set on the Characteristics tab on the Courses page.

Check the checkbox by any course that should be added and press Save at the bottom of the Course Selection popup. 

To add another course to the course cluster under AND, press the AND button. To add more OR choices, press the OR button by the course that will start or continue an OR condition. To delete any of the courses from the course cluster, press the delete button at the end of the appropriate course's row. 

If the Course Cluster will allow credit from a group of courses that may optionally be taken, press the ANY button and add the courses in the same way, but grouped under the ANY category.

Once required fields have been added, the Graduation Endorsement can be saved using the Save button at the bottom. 

Cancel will cancel any changes instead of saving them. The Delete button will delete the endorsement.

After an endorsement has been saved, press the pencil icon by a requirement in an existing endorsement to edit the requirement: