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AIER Guidelines - Technical

Firefox Tabs

EMU information systems recommends and supports Mozilla Firefox.

The recently deployed version 2.0 of Firefox includes a tab feature that may be confusing to some users. Instead of opening links in a new window, Firefox opens a new tab in a bar atop the page content (outlined in red). To return to your original web page you can click the previous tab (1) or close the current tab (2).

List View

After logging in you'll be taken to the report listing. A new feature this year is the yellow year-navigation bar at the top of the page (1). Below this, two types of reports are shown: those you have access to as a writer (2) and those that have been published (3)--information on publishing is found below. To continue, click on the "Edit" link beside a report to edit it (4); you'll be taken to the [Start] tab.

Tab Bar

The tab bar (1) is shown near the top of every page. It allows you to navigate from one section of the report to another. The leftmost tab, [List] takes you back to the report listing. The next tab, [Overview], shows you the final version of your report as other readers will see it. The tab you're currently viewing will be shown with black print on a white background, as the [Start] tab in the screenshot above.

Managing Authorized Report Writers

This year we've added controls for managing report writers (2) to the start tab. To add an authorized report writer, click the "add a new writer link (3), enter a part of the person's name in the search box (4) and click the [Search] button (5). Names matching your search will appear below; click on the person's username at right (6) to add them as a report writer.

Report Aides

You will find several features repeated throughout the report:

General Features

This screen shot of the "Getting Started" section shows many important elements within the AIER system:

Last Year's Responses

Two more new features this year relate to data from last year's report. Wherever data from last year's report is available a link and calendar icon will appear at the upper right corner of the text area (1). You can click this to show what was entered at that point in last year's report. If you wish, you may copy last year's response into this year's report by clicking the link and arrow at the lower right corner of the yellow area (2).

If you've already entered text the system will warn you that copying will overwrite your existing data and ask if you want to continue. We suggest copying last year's response first and editing it, or copying and pasting the text yourself.


Program outcomes from last year's report have already been copied into your report. Undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional programs now have a new "Administrative Outcomes" section in this tab. Since this option wasn't available last year you may have to move some administrative outcomes into the new section. You can do this by copying and pasting the text, then deleting the old outcome.

To add an outcome find and click the "Add a new outcome" link at the bottom of the [Outcomes] tab (3). The system will add a new outcome block to your report with areas for definition, benchmarks and evaluation. To delete an outcome find and click the "Delete this outcome" link at the bottom of the outcome you want to delete (2).

Since outcome blocks can be quite long, this year we've added the ability to show or hide an outcome. Hiding an outcome does not remove it from your report, it simply hides it from view so you can more easily see other outcomes. To hide an outcome find and click the "Show/hide this outcome" link at the the top of the outcome you wish to hide (1). To show the outcome again, click the link a second time.