Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

What is a degree audit (DARS report)?

  • A DARS report is an individualized analysis of a student's academic progress toward a specified degree.
  • A DARS report shows where completed transfer and K-State course work fits in to a specified degree program.

What are the advantages of the degree audit?

  • Useful advising tool that can be used by advisors and students for course planning.
  • Useful tool to check degree completion requirements.
  • Allows authorized personnel to enter course adjustments for students who may have courses that need to be moved to other requirements, change the way courses apply to degree program requirements, or to note fulfillment of requirements that are not specifically course-related.

How does DARS work?

  • Degree programs and transfer equivalency information coded into DARS have been approved by the academic dean's offices with input from the appropriate academic departments.
  • DARS report requirements have been encoded by the Office of the Registrar, based on the catalog requirements of degree programs. DARS transfer equivalency information is maintained by the Office of Admissions.
  • The DARS program automatically checks to ensure that University and degree specific policies and procedures are followed.
  • If a department modifies/changes the degree requirements for an individual student, the dean's office must approve and electronically record the changes. Approved changes will appear on the next run DARS report.

How do I run a degree audit (DARS report)?

  • Sign in to iSIS
  • In your Student Center, click the Degree Progress (DARS) link on the left hand side
  • Select any options you want, click the Submit Report button, and then click OK when prompted
  • If the status of the report is Pending, click the Refresh button
  • When the status changes to Completed, click the View Report link beside the Academic Plan (major, minor, etc.) you want to view
  • See the iSIS Help tutorial on viewing a DARS report

Definitions

Transfer Articulation/Equivalency

Transfer articulation or equivalency is a term used to define the process whereby courses taken elsewhere are assigned an equivalency at Kansas State University.

Exception

Exception is a process with which Dean's offices enter in DARS changes to the way courses apply to degree program requirements and to note fulfillment of requirements that are not specifically course-related.

DARS Slideshow