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Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Control character used in transfer course evaluation to identify a universal grade value which represents one of the SPEEDE EDI "500" series of academic grade qualifiers. This series is used to identify grades which may or may not represent credit earned and generally carry either no GPA effect or one of "failure" (0.000). DEGA/CDAR expects this field to be initialized to whatever an institution wants to use to identify the "500" series of academic grade qualifiers. The suggested control character is a left parenthesis ('(').


Alphanumeric, up to 48 characters

Default Setting


User's error message to post when COM.COMPLETE='U'. This field provides the text to be reported by DEGA/CDAR whenever the "driver" or a user written module wants a specific message reported.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Must be set by the client IF the "unique" group feature is to be utilized; otherwise a blank value should be assigned. The value chosen should be one which would not otherwise be used within the program definition record's GRP field to define a requirement group category. Any non-blank value other than the COM.ANYC and COM.DITTO field values may be used. Suggested value = '?'.


Default Setting


Single character byte to place between the department and the course on the web. Associated with the COM.WEBOPTION=3 setting.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Field value which identifies the end of the full course information for each 'NOT FROM / SELECT FROM' course when COM.WEBOPTION='2'. Any value is valid but blank is not useful - v5.1X.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Field value which identifies the following as the full course designation as defined by COM.CMPRBGN and COM.CMPREND when COM.WEBOPTION = '2'. Any value is valid but blank is not useful - v5.1X.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Field value which separates the full course designation when COM.WEBOPTION='2' from the course as it has been conventionally reported in the 'NOT FROM / SELECT FROM' line. Any value is valid but blank is not useful - v5.1X


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Set by client to designate whether the primary (regular) GPA or the "alternate" GPA of courses will be used when determining which is the "best GPA" for the COM.CONDTB condition code position 17 (XBESTGPA) assignment to each course with the best grade.

' ' = Use "regular" GPA value.

'Y' = Use alternate grade definition for GPA value.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Control field used to select how the printing of the universal replacement character (COM.ANYC) will be handled when it occurs in the course number field in a reject or accept course string.

' ' = normal - trailing universal (COM.ANYC) characters in the course number field will not be printed. Their space will be "closed up" in the report.

'Y' = At least the first COM.CRSLNG field value number of characters in the course number field will be printed, regardless of whether they were the universal replacement character or not.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Provides the capability for an optional sub-requirement (RQ.REQFLG='X') to contribute to satisfying a requirement for which a non-zero RQ.USECT field value was indicated.

' ' = Optional sub-requirements will not contribute to meeting a requirement for which a non-zero USECT value is indicated.

'X' = Optional sub-requirements within a requirement for which there is a non-zero USECT value (even though not within the USECT limit) may be counted or summarized to satisfy the requirement.


Default Setting


Use the INSTCD value of student's degree program (dprog.instcd) to overwrites the current COM.INSTCD and/or load and entire additional COM table using dprog.instcd as the COM key.

If dprog.instcd is <blank>

  • new COM table will NOT be loaded, regardless of com.UseDprogCD setting
  • com.InstCD will be set to <blank> when USEDPROGCD = B or C

'C' = Use the degree program's INSTCD as the INSTCD for this audit run, i.e., set com.instcd to the dprog.instcd value.

'K' = Use the degree program's InstCD as the com Key for loading an additional COM table for this audit run

'B' = Both C and K

<any other value> = Effectively ignore the degree program's InstCD, mimicking the behavior prior to u.achieve 4.3


Default Setting


Allows you to use D and E type strings in R LINE:

'Y' = turns on this function


Provides for a common target Institutional Reference table to be designated for use by institutions employing INSTCD to separate the encoding of degree programs and requirements.

Default Setting


Additionally, setting TINSTID/CD to identify the common target IREF will enable DARS to find the actual encoded definition of the common target IREF under its own DARwin login rather than making it required for the common target IREF to be entered twice (once under its own matching DARwin login, and again under the COM.INSTID/CD where the program/requirements are defined). The common target IREF can be identified with TINSTID/CD regardless of whether or not funneling of transfer courses is encoded (COM.USETARGET set to blank, B or D).

In summary, COM.USEMREF=Y, COM.MINSTID/CD eliminates the need for encoding a target institutional reference table for COM.INSTID/CD, and using COM.TINSTID/CD eliminates the need for encoding the common target institutional reference table identified in MINSTID/CD more than the single definition under its own matching DARwin login.

There is no effect on home courses with COM.INSTID/CD identification.

Y = COM.MINSTID and COM.MINSTCD are used to identify the institutional reference table that is to be used instead of COM.INSTID/CD.

' ' = COM.INSTID/CD will identify the target institutional reference table.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Provides an option for the selection of the most likely ORed requirement to be completed by considering estimated hours.

' ' = Original logic - select the requirement that requires hours AND has the most earned hours or has a required course count at the requirement level and which has the most courses.  

'E' = Select the requirement with the lowest needed hours (estimated hours less earned hours).  This is the recommended setting for the Interactive Audit as it is most likely to show category bar results that will be consistent with lower level bars when ORed requirements are being combined into a category.  


Default Setting

User ID.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Default Transfer Articulation table control. Allows DEGA/CDAR to use a default institution transfer articulation record for articulations when the institutional reference table provided is for reference only (REFONLY='Y').

' ' = Courses are evaluated using source courses' INSTID/INSTCD as the key for the transfer articulation record.

'Y' = Courses are evaluated using the DINSTID/DINSTCD provided on a REFONLY='Y' institutional reference table as the key for the transfer articulation record.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Determines when COM.TINSTID/TINSTCD values representing target institution ID and code will be used to identify the target institution on articulation tables.

' ' = Use COM.INSTID/INSTCD values regardless of COM.TINSTID/TINSTCD values to determine target institution on articulation tables - normal processing with COM.INSTID/INSTCD representing the Home institution.

'B' = Use COM.TINSTID/TINSTCD values, if non-blank, as the target school for all articulation tables needed.

'D' = Not Yet Implemented in u.achieve : Use COM.INSTID/INSTCD, as would normally be used, first for any non-blank DPMASK values, then for any blank DPMASK values for the Home institution, then if any courses remain unarticulated, use TINSTID/TINSTCD as the target institution for remaining articulations.

If the articulation table default (DINSTID/DINSTCD) institution value is present then any further remaining unevaluated courses will be processed against that table.


Numeric, 2 Characters

Default Setting


This is a relative weighting factor which must be set by the client if the "cache" memory option is chosen. When either RQTAB or QTAB space is to be freed, DARS determines which of the current entries is most able to be removed. A weighting value is computed which represents the sum of the cycle last used plus the product of the number of times used and the UWEIGHT field value. The record with the lowest computed value is the one chosen for removal. Therefore, a zero UWEIGHT value has the affect of permitting the earliest last used record to be removed regardless of the number of overall times it was used. Whereas a large UWEIGHT value would tend to keep the "most used" records in "cache" memory almost regardless of when it were last used. The client should experiment with this value only to the extent that any RQTAB or QTAB records are being removed anyway. A value of 100 has been used in the past.


Alphanumeric, up to 9 characters

Default Setting


This field should be assigned by the client to be the text associated with a printer GPA point variance. The text should be left adjusted in this field as DARS automatically provides one space after reporting the variance value and before printing this text field. A suggested value is: "VAR.".


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


Vertical separator character on analysis report. The default is '*'.


Alphanumeric, 1 character

Default Setting


When running u.achieve with DARSweb or DARwin IA to provide the legacy format of the HTML audit, setting WebOption instructs u.achieve to provide complete course specification and HTML linkage identification fields for sub-requirement NOT FROM / SELECT FROM courses. This option is only available when COM.INITFLG=C (supporting only single column reporting) and COM.PAGELIM is greater than zero (formatting report in PAGETB).

' ' = no special formatting information provided

'1' = Causes the following seven fields to be populated in the job_queue_out table

RTABX (Alphanumeric, 1 character) Absolute requirement number

    • 00: indicates that this text is not part of any requirement
    • Any other value: the absolute requirement number. Each requirement will have a unique value.

REQSTATUS (Alphanumeric, 1 character) Requirement status flag

    • R: Standard requirement
    • O: ORed requirement (ORed with previous - not set on first of set as with the program definition record)
    • S: Summary requirement
    • G member of Summary group
    • T Text requirement
    • X Optional requirement

STABX (Alphanumeric, 3 characters) Absolute sub-requirement number

  • 000: indicates that this text is not part of any sub-requirement. Lines before the start of any sub-requirement and after the last line of any sub-requirement will have the 000 value
  • Any other value: the absolute sub-requirement number. Each sub-requirement will have a unique value.

SRNO (Alphanumeric, 2 characters) Logical sub-requirement number

  • 00: indicates not part of any sub-requirement.
  • Any other value: The logical sub-requirement value. Number start over at 01 within each requirement. When STAB index changes and SNO remains the same, this indicates the sub-requirements are ORed.

SRSTATUS (Alphanumeric, 1 character) Sub-requirement status flag

  • R: Regular sub-requirement
  • O: ORed sub-requirement (on all ORed sub-requirements)
  • T: Text sub-requirement
  • X: Optional sub-requirement

OPTLINE (Alphanumeric, 1 character) Optional line control entry

    • ' ': indicates that this line should be reported whether used for regular reporting or web-linked reporting - OPTLINE is always blank for all lines other than NOT/SELECT FROM lines.
    • 'R' indicates that this line should be reported only when doing regular reporting - appropriate setting when WEBOPTION = 1
    • 'W' indicates that this line should be reported only when doing web-linked reporting. Refer to COM.WEBOPTION=2 for more detail.

NOTE: Beginning with v5.1X5, this R value is eliminated when WEBOPTION is equal to 1 in order to simplify report scanning logic for web reporting.

LASERA (Alphanumeric, 1 character) Laser table entry for that row. Up to 30 different codes set by the user in COM.LASER according to content of row.

'2' = Causes the seven fields defined under '1' to be populated, and instructs u.achieve to provide full course information for each NOT FROM / SELECT FROM course within the formatted NOT/SELECT FROM text line. u.achieve implements this feature by inserting COM.URLS field value followed by the full course designation; followed by COM.URLSEP field value immediately before the course as it has been conventionally reported; then followed by COM.URLE field value after that course.

For example, if the SELECT FROM list reported: ACC101,102, and COM.URLS is set to >, COM.URLSEP is set to /, and COM.URLS is set to <, then the same list will be built as <ACC101 /ACC101<,<ACC102 /102> assuming COM.CMPRBGN=1 and COM.CMPREND=8.

Another characteristic of this option is that it builds two versions of each NOT/SELECT FROM reporting line and sets the PAGETBÆs OPTLINE field value to indicate which format is used on each line. An OPTLINE field value of R marks the conventional report line, while a value of W means that the text has extra information added (COM.URLS, COM.URLSEP, COM.URLE and the full course designation) so that the user can scan the text and replace the three URLS, URLSEP, URLE fields with the appropriate URL and HTML data so as to establish links to other course information the institution may want to provide, thus, marking the web-linked line. It is anticipated, then, that while actually building their Web page output, a client would replace the URLS, URLSEP and URLE characters with the appropriate HTML text to enable the appropriate links to be established.

The position and length full course designation is determined by DARS using COM.CMPRBGN and COM.CMPREND values to determine what part of the 15 byte COURSE field is to be used. When using WEBOPTION = 2, the CMPREND should be set to a value that represents the length of the longest REAL course number, not pseudo course, in your acceptable (A) and reject (R) sub-requirement course lines (likely the same value as CRSEND). Then the course links in html will not pad the course number to fill 15 spaces, but rather just to the number defined in CMPREND.

In DARwin v3.5.1, using WEPOPTION = 2 or 3, to eliminate the possibility of overflow caused by the select (reject) line used for URL links (W) to exceed the SQL character field limit of 255 characters when COM.CMPREND equals 15, the normal character limit of the regular select line has been reduced from 56 to 53 characters when COM.CMPREND has its maximum value of 15.

'3' = Supports web links from reference articulation course AND to insert COM.URLDC between department and course fields in web linked course for both home and reference articulation courses. Client should refer to changes in FINART document 1/7/02.


'4' = New in 4.5  Produces reference course links in the HTML audit, which allows planning from a reference articulation audit


Condition code value that would be written out with the course table going to the interactive audit. The WHATIFCC value would be used before the reserved 19th position condition code value. If the WHATIFCC field is blank, then the value in COM.CONDTB(19) would be used instead.


Alphanumeric, 3 characters

Default Setting


Assigned to each course carrying the 19th position of the reserved condition codes (XWHATIF) to identify a what-if or planned course. This corresponds to position 19 in COM.CONDTB.


Holds the text to display at the top of the audit when a What-If degree program is run.


Identifies an audit as being for a What-If program by displaying a COM WIFDPMESS notation in the audit header area.

T = the current request is a "What-If" dprog, indicating such on the audit

X = Check if the dprog was "forced," and if so, indicate running a What-If program

' ' = (Blank) Will not check for What-If program (default setting)

F = Causes too many output lines for DARwin IA to correctly read the data. Any COM used to run an audit for Transferology or that will be rendered in DARwin IA cannot use this field. Transferology still uses this version to render audits, even though DARwin IA will not be updated to accept this new COM field.


Alphanumeric, up to 65 characters

Default Setting

All Requirements Satisfied- Some Planned Courses Used

Text field which must be set by the user. This text message - when non-blank - will replace the COM.OKMESS and COM.IPMESS at the beginning of the audit report when all requirements have been satisfied but at least one has used a what-if course. A suggested message text is: ALL REQUIREMENTS SATISFIED — SOME PLANNED COURSES USED. This message will take precedence over an IPMESS completion message.


Alpha, 1 character

Default Setting


Setting to identify what types of courses to include from the WHATIF_COURSES table.

space - Do not include any courses from the whatif_courses table

A - Include all whatif_courses. That is, courses ONLY from whatif_courses table, regardless of CART value.

P - Include planned courses only. 'Planned courses' are those with a space in the whatif_courses.cart column.

T - Include cart courses only. 'Cart courses' are those courses with a 'T' in the whatif_courses column.

Configure more via the XML

New values of "D" and "E" introduced in control what courses are included when "Include Planned courses" checkbox is selected. See more details about this XML configuration here.


Alphanumeric, 9 characters

Default Setting


Text report field which must be set by the user if any what-if / planned summary lines are to be reported at the sub-requirement level. A typical WIFSRSTUB value might be: PLANNED:.


Alphanumeric, 2 characters

Default Setting


Provides two characters of text to be reported next to each sub-requirement when at least one what-if course is assigned to that sub-requirement. This text will report in the same space as the in progress course indicator (IP), WIFSRTEXT will supercede IPSRTEXT when both what-if and in progress courses are assigned to the sub-requirement. Suggested value: PL. A blank value is permitted.


Alphanumeric, up to 12 characters

Default Setting


Text report field which must be set by the user if any what-if / planned summary lines are to be reported at the requirement level. A typical WIFSTUB value might be: PLANNED:.


Alphanumeric, 2 characters

Text report warning code which must be set by the user. This field represents the warning that at least one what-if course has been used to satisfy the requirement. WIFSYMBOL takes precedence over an IPSYMBOL field value. Suggested value: WI.

Default Setting



Alphanumeric, up to 12 characters

Default Setting


A value in this field will replace the COM.OKTEXT value when a requirement is being satisfied with the use of at least one "what-if"/planned course. WIFTEXT will replace IPTEXT when both "what-if"/planned and in-progress courses are assigned to the requirement. A blank value is permitted.

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