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DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)

DARS is an automated degree audit system licensed to and used by UW–Madison to analyze and report student progress toward the requirements of a UW–Madison degree. In L&S, DARS is the Document of Record of any individual student’s graduation; a DARS is saved as a record that justifies why L&S awarded that student’s L&S degree, major, and/or certificate award at the time of graduation. DARS also stores every alteration to undergraduate program requirements and is the record of all approved curriculum exceptions.

Because DARS is used to audit and award degrees, aggregated DARS data is warehoused and visualized in Tableau workbooks and reported in Tableau IDE for academic planning, assessment, and operations.

DARS audits are essential advising reports to plan enrollment in future terms and to identify educational opportunities and pathways through curriculum. DARS is integrated with the Degree Planner module of the Course Search and Enroll application that students use to register for courses and plan their four-year degrees.

When requesting a DARS audit, a student’s status and academic record are processed and applied to the requirements of that program, resulting in an audit that is specific to that student’s unique circumstances. DARS can also be run speculatively by students and advisors. Known as a “What-If” audit, this function of DARS makes it a valuable program selection tool. Using the Degree Planner, DARS will also apply a student’s planned courses in order to facilitate four-year degree planning.

Academic Information Management (AIM) in L&S Student Academic Affairs oversees the creation and encoding of DARS audits for L&S academic programs. AIM uses DARS to audit L&S students for their degree and major awards. AIM consults with academic departments and programs, University and College governance, and other campus partners (e.g. Office of the Registrar) to ensure that program requirements published in Guide are properly encoded in DARS. AIM should be the first point of contact for any questions about how L&S programs are encoded in DARS.

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Data Digest

The UW-Madison Data Digest is prepared by the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research ( The Data Digest contains useful, official information about the whole university - and the College of Letters and Science within that realm - in a succinct graphical format. The current and previous editions of the Data Digest are available here

Deferral Response Pending

This is a state in ARROW.  Studies in this state have undergone IRB review and the IRB deferred review pending clarifications and modifications by the study team.  In this state, the study team can either 1) respond to the committee request so that it returns to the IRB pre-review state for additional review, or 2) withdraw the application.


Someone granted permission to interact with another person's Office 365 account (email, calendar, address book, etc). This can include reading, writing, modifying, and deleting items.


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the degree of color or darkness of an image or photograph

Deny Request to Reactivate

This is an activity in ARROW in which the IRB submission manager can deny a study team's request to reactivate a submission that was previously withdrawn by the IRB (e.g. due to lack of submission of a continuing review for a study that has an expired IRB approval).  Execution of this activity will result in email notification to the study team that the request to reactivate has been denied and the study team will need to start the submission process over.

Deny Request to Reopen

This is an activity in ARROW in which the IRB submission manager can deny a study team's request to reopen a submission that was reported by the study team as completed or is in the closed state. 

Device Profile

A profile that links the scanner device to Perceptive Content. Device profiles are set in scanner profiles.


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Distance Degree

  1. A Distance Degree is an Online Masters Degree. For a complete listing of degrees, visit


A UW–Madison college, school or equivalent organizational unit.




A special index key that is associated with custom properties.

Document capture

Document capture is any one of several processes used to convert a physical document to another format, typically a digital representation.

Document Keys

Values set that define and describe a document. There are seven for campus’ implementation of ImageNow: Drawer, Doctype, and five optionable/customizable keys. Discrete documents cannot have the same value for all of the key(s) otherwise they will be considered the same document and effectively merged.

Document lifecycle

The document lifecycle is the sequence of stages that a document goes through from its creation to its eventual archival or destruction. Proper procedures throughout the document’s lifecycle are an important part of content management, a set of defined processes that help your KB Group obtain, organize, store and deliver information crucial to its operation in the most effective manner possible. The stages of a document’s lifecycle include: creation, storage (site access), categorizing (topics), keywords, metadata tagging, delivery or sharing, repurposing, review and reporting, archiving and / or destruction.

Document Review Mode

Click on the Title of a document in any queue: Active, In Review, In Progress, Inactive and/or Trash to see its content in read-only mode .

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