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These instructions are NOT for the new Digital Measures report.

Important FAR Definitions

To Be Completed:
This menu contains all the sections that have not been completed. This is an easy method of reminding FAR users of the sections they have not yet finished.

Completed Sections:
This menu contains all the sections that you marked as completed. This is an easy method of reminding FAR users of the sections they have completed. Although sections in this menu are marked as completed, one can still edit them by clicking on them in this menu.

Multiple Entry Sections:
These are sections that can be filled out multiple times. An example of a multiple entry section is the Patents and Licenses section. It can be filled out multiple times depending on how many patents and licenses were ordered during this calendar year. All multiple entry sections are marked by an asterisk in your user profile.

Single Entry Sections:
These are sections that can be filled out only one time. An example of a single entry section is the Advisement Activities section. All single entry sections are not marked by an asterisk in your user profile.

Calendar year:
Most sections in your user profile follow the Calendar year. The Calendar year is the regular 12 month year beginning with January.

Academic year:
An Academic year is the year when the university is in session. It usually starts during September.

FAR Guidelines

Access via myUMBC
A link has been provided to the Faculty Annual Report via myUMBC. Once logged onto myUMBC, click the "Guide" tab. Under the "Personal Links" section will be the Digital Measures link.

Multiple Department Affiliations
You must identify all departments which you are associated. Three drop down boxes are available for you to identify the department(s) with which you are associated. Please indicate your primary department affiliation first.

Copying Section Information from a Previous Year
The FAR is set up to allow you to copy information from a precious year. For more information on how to use this feature, see the FAQs on How do I copy single entry sections of the FAR from previous years? and How do I copy multiple entry sections of the FAR from previous years?.

Easy Navigation
A navigation bar is displayed on the FAR to assist you with easy navigation throughout the FAR. The bar placed at the top of your screen is static. It is always visible, regardless of which screen you are using.

User Friendly Error Checking
If you make a mistake and enter information into the wrong section of the FAR, you do not need to re-type this information in the correct section. The information will not be cleared out if entered incorrectly.

Report Options
This menu contains auxiliary options used to assist in completing the FAR.

  • Comments on Faculty Report: Used to send comments about the FAR and the reporting format of the FAR
  • Copy Section Information: Used to copy sections from one year to another
  • General Instruction: Contains general instructions on the FAR
  • Section Descriptions: Descriptions for each section of the FAR
  • Summary of Your Report: Allows you to view, print the summary of your report

Time Spent in the Hundredths
The FAR will allow you to enter in decimal values. The Time Spent and the Instructional Activity sections allow you to enter time in decimal values. Also the course number field in the Instructional Activity section has been lengthened to allow for cross-listed courses within the same discipline.


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