Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
DARS/uAchieve helps students and advisors evaluate academic progress towards degree completion. The degree audit system is meant to be an official guide, as several factors may impact an online audit, such as:
- The completeness of transfer course information within the audit
- Program requirements varying depending on the date of matriculation, or major declaration
- The integration of course exceptions into the audit
- Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this system is correct and complete. However, please be aware that you may find inconsistencies. The Office of the Registrar and The Graduate School are committed to working with the academic departments to promptly clear up any discrepancies.
What system/vendor is used for the K-State DARS?
CollegeSource is the vendor that acquired redLantern (formerly DARS) from Miami University to expand its solution set through the addition of degree audit, academic planning, and transfer articulation software. Rebranded to the uAchieve Degree Audit this system has been used by K-State since 2000.
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 KSIS
- 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 KSIS Help tutorial on viewing a DARS report
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 is a process with which your College Dean's Office 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.