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Staff blog: Can’t decide on which class to take? Let the CUI help is excited to introduce a new tool to let students know what they’re getting into before they sign up for a class – the CUI grade database.

In brief, we’ve compiled data about every class at CU over the past year (spring and fall 2013). You can look up info regarding the grades given out, how much time per week students said they spent on the class and how big the classes were. And all of this is organized by the class number, course name and instructor.

Users can search for anything in the table or sort it by column, but with more than 6,000 classes, you’d be better suited searching for something then sorting the table.

To see it for yourself, click here and enjoy!

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Each class in our database was pulled directly from CU’s Office of Planning and Budgetary Analysis grade distribution data, which is publicly available for download here.

We decided to cut down the data from more than 44,000 classes starting in fall 2006 to just the past year, because instructors come and go, syllabi change and curricula get updated.

We used a jQuery javascript library called DataTables. From there we used a bit of PHP to query a MySQL database. You can see the full source code here.

Robert R. Denton is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contact him at

About Robert R. Denton

Rob is a senior news-editorial major at the University of Colorado - Boulder in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a managing editor for the CU Independent. He has previously worked with Rich Clarkson & Associates, a multimedia firm in Denver, The Greeley Tribune, PBS NewsHour's InaugBlog and the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. While not taking photos for the CUI, Rob enjoys taking photos of just about everything else, being joyful and watching The Dark Knight. Follow him on Twitter at @robertrdenton.

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