ARS Overview

The UIC Activity Reporting system is a secure, online system designed to collect information on the activities of faculty and academic staff at UIC in order to meet the requirements for state and federal reporting. Access to this system is limited. Information from the Activity Reporting System is used to complete the Cost Study for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and to satisfy the provisions of federal reporting guidelines.

Data from the activity reporting system are also used for several other purposes at UIC including course assignment analysis; instructional workload reports; space analysis reports; and hospital finance reports, among others.

Please see the guidelines for UIC/ARS access and the authorization form to request access to this system.

Each department or unit has at least one authorized person who is responsible for data entry in the ARS system. The responsibilities of an academic staff member are distributed across defined activities (Activity Definitions) in order to reasonably reflect the activity for which the employee is compensated by the institution.

Training is provided on an annual basis. The materials that are used for training sessions are available for your use at any time on the ARS website. Instructions and Training

We have attempted to provide some answers to questions that you might have about Activity Reporting. Please see our FAQ section to learn more about how the ARS system works.

Several university and government websites provide much more detailed information related to sponsored research, cost accounting and faculty effort. Please see our Related Links section if you want more information on any of these topics.

If you have questions about the Activity Reporting System, please send us an e-mail at the following address:


Last updated: 01/19/2017