MnSCU DARS Project
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Project Site for DARS and u.select
DARS - Degree Audit Reporting System - is a self-directed, automated electronic tool for tracking a student's progress toward completing an academic program (degree, diploma or certificate). DARS includes a degree audit system and an automated transfer evaluation system that produces screen, print, and web degree audits and transfer evaluation reports. DARS was developed by Jack Southard of Miami University (Ohio) and is currently implemented at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions. The University of Minnesota also uses DARS.
DARS is licensed and used by institutions large and small around the US and in Canada. In the area of degree audit reporting, DARS has led the way in providing effective service to institutions and to the individual student.
u.select is a statewide, web-based, student-driven system that allows users to record previous coursework in a portfolio and get back an online transfer evaluation and a program plan. u.select was developed by redLantern at Miami University (Ohio). u.select is a joint project of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota.
DARS/u.select Team Mission & Vision Statement
(Adopted September 2008)
Support Minnesota State Colleges and Universities by managing the development, integration and improvement of the degree audit software and the web based course transfer system, called u.select, in order to improve student access, opportunity, advising and achievement of academic goals.
- The DARS/u.select unit will use a teamwork approach to excel in the work we do.
- We will be responsive, visionary, proactive, flexible and diligent as we lead innovation for these projects and offer solution options through creative problem solving.
- We will use collaboration in coordinating with related projects, such as eStudent Services, MnTransfer, Career One Stop, MnOnline, ISEEK, and the Veterans Re-entry Education Project.
- The DARS and u.select projects will support system and institutional policies, procedures and initiatives.